With apologies to Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf). Okay, leaving all the puns aside, this is great and challenging race! It may be a bit longer than most, with 5k & 11k distances, but nothing to be afraid of… it’s a fun race!
Started in 2014, the King Wolf Swim (KWS) is a point-to-point open water swim across the St. Lawrence River/Lake Ontario from Kingston to Wolfe Island, in Ontario, Canada. The race is July 7th this year, so mark that on your calendar! With easy accessibility from Toronto, Ottawa and Syracuse, this is a great swim for more experienced open water swimmers! There is a 5km (King Wolf Swim) & 11km (Emperor Wolf Swim) option. Both options involve a crossing of the St. Lawrence to Wolfe Island, the 11km takes a detour by having swimmers twice loop around Goose Island along the way. The race is even sanctioned by Triathlon Ontario.
Wolfe Island is a incredible bit of Canadiana with great history and beauty. The island was named after British General James Wolfe in 1792 and was originally the hunting lands of the Tyendinaga Mohawk people. It is also the largest island in the vacation land of the Thousand Islands. And to make it even more Canadian, you might even bump into one of the local residents and true Canadian hockey icons, Don Cherry!
The swim finishes at the General Wolfe Inn, which provides a great locale for spectators and swimmers alike to celebrate their swims over some post-race food and the medal presentations. All swimmers receive a handmade pottery medal from a local artist.
So come on out and complete the swim, enjoy lunch on Wolfe Island, then take the ferry back to Kingston.