This weekend the Global Swim Series returns to it’s founding race, the LOST Race. The Lake Ontario Swim Team or LOST is a swimming group that swims out of Oakville, Canada just outside of Toronto. The group was founded in 2006 by Rob Kent and it is out of this group of open water enthusiasts that the LOST Race and eventually the Global Swim Series was born.
This year the LOST Race will celebrate it’s 10th birthday. The first year of the race featured only 8 swimmers in what was a very grassroots event. The race has since ballooned to around 200 competitors and has featured swimmers of all abilities from newcomers to Olympians from multiple countries.
The traditional LOST Race is a 3.8km point to point swim that takes swimmers along the coast line of one of the most luxurious stretches of homes in all of Canada. Swimmers swim past enormous mansions as they pass through the clear waters that over the years has had a wide range of conditions to throw at swimmers. The course finishes up with a great finish at the beach in downtown Oakville with the iconic lighthouse pier in the background.
In 2016 the LOST Race also added a brand new distance, the LOST Mile. As the name suggests the race is a mile loop starting and finishing at the LOST beach (the finish for the 3.8km distance), the whole course in full view of cheering spectators.
The LOST Race is one of the most iconic races in Ontario and provides a fun challenge for anyone looking to tackle one of the Great Lakes. We’ll have more coverage of this race over the weekend. Based on past years and preliminary entry lists we’re anticipating a field full of swimmers who are high up on the Global Rankings. This should make for an exciting race as several swimmers could pick up key spots in the rankings.