Port Dover, ON - Several Lake Erie athletes are preparing to push their limits this
weekend, attempting a 30km lake crossing from Long Point to Port Dover. The Lake
Erie Challenge is being held on Saturday, August 24 to raise awareness and funds
to protect Lake Erie and its waterways.
The athletes have teamed up with the Canadian Freshwater Alliance to support the
Lake Erie Guardians. Guardians are citizens, groups and businesses working together
to raise awareness and increase concrete actions to protect the lake and its rivers.
Leading the Lake Erie Challenge are Daniel Zin and Tyler Backus, both from Port
Dover. Daniel will attempt a 30km swim, starting at the Long Point lighthouse at
7:30am, and ending at the Port Dover lighthouse anywhere from eight to twelve hours
later. The Lake Erie Challenge will be three times longer than any of Daniel’s previous
open-water swims. To accomplish this feat, Daniel will have a support crew of six,
including coach and pace swimmer Josh Reid, pace swimmer and first aid support Scot
Brockbank, support kayaker Rob Smith, safety boat captain Curtis Cushing, and support
boat captain Jeff Beacham.
Tyler Backus will be joined by Jonah Logan and Josh Austin as they attempt to stand-up
paddle board from Long Point to Port Dover. Their 30km crossing starts at 10am and
will begin at Marina Shores, out to Pottahawk Island, then into Port Dover beach.
They should arrive at the Port Dover beach between 2-4pm. Their support boat will
be captained by Don Backus.
"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. It is quite inspiring to see these athletes
taking the issues so seriously and working to raise awareness," says Raj Gill, the
Great Lakes Program Director with the Canadian Freshwater Alliance.
While fans await the athletes, a welcome festival will take place on shore at the
Port Dover beach from 1-4pm. Activities will include yoga classes, environmental
and art workshops, a cake-cutting ceremony, live music, a beach clean-up, and free
For more information and to make donations, visit LakeErieChallenge.ca
WHAT: Lake Erie Challenge: 30km swim and stand-up paddle board crossing on
WHEN and WHERE: Saturday, August 24, 2019
- 7:30am to approximately 5:30pm: Swim from Long Point lighthouse to Port Dover lighthouse
- 10:00am to approximately 3:00pm: Stand-up paddle from Marina Shores, Long Point
to Port Dover Beach, via Pottahawk Island
- 1-4pm: On-shore activities at Port Dover Beach
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/).