This year’s Toronto Island Lake Swim was another swimming success with over 200 participants! Although the conditions were wavy and the water was crisp, the sun was shinning and the swimmers proved tough putting up some fantastic times.
There were three race distances this year at the 6th annual TILS, a 750 m swim, a 1.5 km swim, and a 3.8 km swim. Participants swam along the south side of Toronto Island in an out and back route starting at the Centre Island Pier. Swimmers were able to take advantage of the waves on the way out but fought hard on the way back against them to make it into the finish.
Among the participants and supporters of this year’s TILS was the Honourable Catherine McKenna, former Canadian Varsity swimmer, and current Minister of the Environment. Kathleen McDonnell, another long-time swimmer and resident of Ward Island was out to participate as well as John Scott who holds the two fastest swim times for crossing Lake Ontario.
Like other Canadian races in the GSS circuit, this year’s TILS brought out some great swimmers from all levels including passionate recreational swimmers, former NCAA athletes, Canadian Varsity athletes, former Olympians, Ironman triathletes, among many other swimmers with various awards and honours.
Spectators enjoyed the sun and music as participants battled it out in the water. It is always great to see the turnout from friends and family who support the participants and this year brought no shortage of that. The pier and beach at Centre Island provide the perfect spot to watch so spectators took advantage to come and cheer and enjoy the beach!
This year’s winners of the 3.8 km non-wetsuit division was Kristin Harmon for women in a time of 55:00 and Rodolfo Flores for men in 53:49. In the 3.8 km wetsuit division winners included Lynn Rodgers in 1:04:56 for women and Adam Arafat in 1:01:04 for men.
The non-wetsuit division for the 1.5km race was won by Carly Cermac in the time of 21:55 and GSS’s Dylan Kent in 21:47. The 1.5 km wetsuit division was won by GSS’s Erika Friesen in 23:06 and Doug Vanderby in 21:42.
The non-wetsuit 750 m swim was won by Reegan Chinchilla for women in the time of 12:01 and Josh Post won for men in a time of 13:26. In the wetsuit division, Jen Britton came in first in 11:29 and David Spencer came in first for men in 10:15.
Despite the conditions, swimmers pushed the pace and posted great results. As one of Toronto’s favourite late summer open water swims, we can’t wait to see what happens next year. Things just keep getting better for open water swimming in Ontario!
For more detailed results, please visit the Enfield Timing website by clicking here.
To find out more about the race, please visit the Toronto Island Lake Swim website, here.