Last summer H2Open contributor Deborah Durbin watched the ferry travelling from downtown Kingston (Ontario, Canada) to neighbouring Wolfe Island and thought: “I can swim that!”
She then gathered two fellow swimmers and four kayakers to tackle the 5.5 kilometre swim across the St. Lawrence River. All seven participants arrived safely on Wolfe Island and loved the swim so much that they vowed to do it again the following year. And so the King Wolf Swim was born!
This summer will be the first official running of the event, which is sanctioned by Triathlon Ontario and now includes a support motorboat and safety team in addition to individual kayak accompaniment for each swimmer. Support has improved but the heart of the event is the same – it’s a beautiful swim in a lovely city for people who love to swim. It’s also the first open water swim event to hit Kingston, Ontario.
“Participants will be timed but the event is not a race – all speeds of swimmers are welcome,” says Durbin. “Everyone will celebrate with lunch at a waterside pub on Wolfe Island before taking the ferry back to the main land. It’s definitely an event for the 2015 calendar!”
Distance: 5.5 km point-to-point open water swim crossing
Start: Kingston, Ontario
Date: Saturday 4 July 2015 @ 8AM
More info: http://debo345.wix.com/kingwolfswim