30 km swim attempt on Lake Erie set for tomorrow
34 year old swimmer Daniel Zin will reattempt the challenging 30 km crossing from Long Point to Port Dover tomorrow.
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.
The swim was orginally set for August 24thbut weather conditions made it 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.
Zin will have a support crew of seven tomorrow, 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.
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