Budney Beach

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Budney Beach was named in honor of Pat Budney, a 17-year-old high school student who became the first person to swim across Lake Erie in 1975. Budney Beach is located at Beach 10, along the north shoreline at Presque Isle State Park, between Gull and Sunset points in Lake Erie.

Lake Erie

Lake Erie is the fourth largest lake (by surface area) of the five Great Lakes in North America, and the tenth largest globally. It is the southernmost, shallowest, and smallest by volume of the Great Lakes. It is bounded by Ontario to the north, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York to the south, and Michigan to the west. The lake is named after the Erie tribe of Native Americans who lived along its southern shore. The outflow from the lake provides hydroelectric power to Canada and the U.S. as it spins huge turbines at Niagara Falls.

Successful Marathon Swims Across Lake Erie

1975: Pat Budney swam 26 miles in 25 hours 52 minutes from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Presque Isle State Park - Beach 10, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA on 20 August 1975.
1989: Bob North and Harvey Snell swam 24.3 miles from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach, North East, Pennsylvania, USA on 12 August 1989
1993: Halli Reid swam 24.3 miles in 17 hours from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach, North East, Pennsylvania, USA on 9 August 1993 (first woman)
1995: Greg Sarbak swam 24.3 miles in 13 hours 30 minutes from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East, Pennsylvania, USA on 21 August 1995
2002: Paula Jongerden swam 24.3 miles in 23 hours 36 minutes from Presque Isle State Park, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA to Long Point, Ontario, Canada on 21 August 2002
2005: Sara McClure swam 24.3 miles from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East, Pennsylvania, USA on 8 August 2005
2006: Josh Heynes swam 24.3 miles in 11 hours 53 minutes from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East, Pennsylvania, USA on 9 August 2006
2007: Dan Nichols swam 26 miles in 20 hours 45 minutes 57 seconds from Presque Isle State Park, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA to Long Point, Ontario, Canada on 5 August 2007
2007: Sonya Pyle swam 24.3 miles in 14 hours 9 minutes from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East, Pennsylvania, USA on 6 August 2007
2009: Randy McElwain swam 24.3 miles in 11 hours 23 minutes 33 seconds from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East, Pennsylvania, USA on 24 August 2009
2010: Mitch Ranzenberger swam 24.3 miles in 17 hours 47 minutes from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East, Pennsylvania, USA on 1 August 2010
2011: Josh Heynes swam 24.3 miles in 11 hours 16 minutes 40 seconds from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East, Pennsylvania, USA on 9 July 2011 (world record time)
2011: Melanie Reade swam 24.3 miles in 13 hours 35 minutes 33 seconds from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East, Pennsylvania, USA on 31 July 2011 (world record time for women)
2011: Randy McElwain swam 32 miles in 16 hours 26 minutes 6 seconds from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Dobbin's Landing - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA on 30 August 2011 (longest distance across Lake Erie)
2012: Eric Mizuba swam 24.3 miles across Lake Erie in 14 hours 34 minutes from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East, Pennsylvania, USA on 29 July 2012

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