Are you ready for another #LakeErieChallenge?! We are currently building this year's teams and will have a third team join the challenge - #TeamKayak!
Our 2020 route is approximately 50-60km long and will take place in the Western Basin of the lake between the mouth of the Detroit River and Point Pelee. The challenge will take place on August 22nd this year, with a backup rain date of the 29th.
Lake Erie isn't only a great lake—it's a big lake. There are hundreds of thousands of people who live in the Lake Erie watershed, on the Canadian side alone. That means, in order to defend our lake from threats, it's going to take a village. It's going to take a lot of villages, actually. We need to involve as many people as possible in action to protect the lake.
In the summer of 2018, we held our first #LakeErieChallenge. Four seasoned long-distance swimmers wanted to do something to protect the Lake. They wanted to draw more attention to the issues Lake Erie is facing. So, they proposed the first ever #LakeErieChallenge and we were happy to support them. We prepped and planned. Then, in early September, these fearless four swam for 24 hours straight at 10 locations in Lake Erie, raising media attention and funds to support action for Lake Erie.
In 2019, two teams of dedicated athletes from #TeamSwim and #TeamSUP trained for months in preparation for the second #LakeErieChallenge, when they swam and stand-up paddle boarded across the 30 km open water distance from Long Point to Port Dover on the Eastern end of the lake. Again, their goal was to raise awareness and funds to address the serious environmental threats to Lake Erie.