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Embrace The Challenge

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Embrace the Challenge: Erie Crossing is a 20 km cross border swim for solo swimmers and relays across Lake Erie. Organized as a joint venture between Embrace Open Water Swimming and North Shore Swimmers, Embrace the Challenge is a 20 km course between Eastern Lake Erie from Sturgeon Point, New York (USA) to Crystal Beach, Ontario (Canada). It is sanctioned by the Great Lakes Crossing Organization and a member race of the Global Swim Series.

Relays[edit]

Relays are four swimmers minimum and a maximum of six. Each participant must swim at least once for a 30-minute period.

Date[edit]

20 August 2017 [postponed due to conditions from 19 August 2017]

Organizers[edit]

Miguel Vadillo and Joshua Reid

Categories[edit]

• Naked Solo Crossing: swimmers participating in this category will be required to follow GLCO and World Open Water Swimming Association marathon swimming rules, including correct swimwear, no physical contact, with support crew or crafts, no assistive or pacing tools, etc. Swimmers who complete this category will receive “Official Lake Erie Crosser” certificates from the GLCO and will have their swims sanctioned as official Great Lakes Solo Swims. As well, GSS points will be assigned to finishers in this category.

• Wetsuit Solo Crossing: swimmers participating in this category will be completing a solo crossing. However, because of the use of a wetsuit, or other swimwear or assistive tools (solo swim bag, pacing tools, etc.), the completion of this swim will NOT be recognized as an official solo crossing.

• Naked Relay: swimmers will swim as part of a relay team with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 swimmers, all of whom are not using wetsuits, solo bags, or any other items not allowed by channel rules. Swimmers will cycle out every 30 minutes (marked by a siren from the zodiac boats), so that every swimmer completes at least 30 minutes of the relay. Once every swimmer has completed 30 minutes in the water, the order of swimmer changes is at the discretion of the team members.

• Wetsuit Relay: swimmers will swim as part of a relay team with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 swimmers, with at least one (and likely all) team member using a wetsuit, solo bag, or any other item not allowed by channel rules. Swimmers will cycle out every 30 minutes (marked by a siren from the zodiac boats), so that every swimmer completes at least 30 minutes of the relay. Once every swimmer has completed 30 minutes in the water, the order of swimmer changes is at the discretion of the team members. NOTE: There will be no GSS points given to swimmers who participate in a relay.

  • Both solo categories will be further divided by gender – Male and Female categories. Relays will have Male, Female, and Mixed categories.

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