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Lake Erie Challenge  Swimmer reattempts challenging crossing to protect Lake Erie

Port Dover, ON - Swimmer Daniel Zin will reattempt the challenging 30 km crossing from Long Point to Port Dover this Saturday, September 7th. The effort is part of the Lake Erie Challenge, an annual event where athletes push themselves in the open waters of Lake Erie, all to raise awareness and funds to protect the lake’s health and environment.

Originally scheduled for August 24th, high winds and waves made the 30 km swim too dangerous to attempt, and forced Zin and his support team back to shore. A stand-up paddle board team, consisting of Tyler Backus, Jonah Logan, and Josh Austin, was able to complete their crossing on August 24th though due to the grueling head winds, it took them twice as long to complete as anticipated.

To accomplish this feat on Saturday, Daniel will have a support crew of seven, including coach and pace swimmer Josh Reid, pace swimmer Jennie Dinsmore, support kayakers Casey and Don Bonnett, support pontoon boat captain Jeff Beacham, and safety boat captains Chris and Ken Turner. Zin anticipates that it will take him between 8 to 12 hours to complete the swim.

The athletes have teamed up with the Canadian Freshwater Alliance to raise funds for Lake Erie clean-up and protection efforts. “There are many urgent problems, from toxic algae blooms to plastics pollution that we absolutely need to tackle if we want to safely swim, fish, and even drink from our lakes and rivers into the future,” says Raj Gill, the Great Lakes Program Director with the Canadian Freshwater Alliance.

For more information and to donate to this cause please visit LakeErieChallenge.ca

WHAT: 2nd attempt at the Lake Erie Challenge: 30 km swim crossing on Lake Erie

WHEN and WHERE: Saturday, Sept 7, 2019
Swim from Long Point lighthouse to Port Dover lighthouse

About the CANADIAN FRESHWATER ALLIANCE (freshwateralliance.ca)

The Canadian Freshwater Alliance builds, connects and supports freshwater initiatives across Canada. We work with NGOs, community groups, governments and businesses to strengthen citizen voices and participation in protecting our lakes and rivers. We are a project of Tides Canada’s shared platform (http://tidescanada.org/).

Last Updated: Thursday, 05 September 2019 12:24:27 PM EST

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