Because It's There: Big Lakes Are Big Draw

Because It’s There: Big Lakes Are Big Draw

Because it’s there,” the famous words of English mountaineer George Mallory sum up well the thoughts open water swimmers have regarding big lakes around the world.

George’s answer to “Why do you want to climb Mount Everest?” can apply to open water swimming where swimmers tackle big lakes all around the world.

From Lake Michigan and Lake Tahoe in the USA and Lake Zurich and Lake Balaton in Europe to Lake Biwa in Japan and Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan, swimmers have flocked to these iconic lakes around the world.

Windermere, the biggest lake in England, Poyang Lake, the largest lake in China, Lake Baikal, the biggest lake in Russia, and Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand, have all been crossed.

Add the Sea of Galilee, the largest lake in Israel, Lake Ontario in Canada, Lake Titicaca between Peru and Bolivia, Lake Malawi bordering Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania, Loch Ness in Scotland, Laguna del Sol in Mexico, and Great Salt Lake in Utah to the locations where open water swimmers flock to challenge themselves.

In an open water race, the competition can be flat but furious.

And on a windless tranquil day, lakes can be the ultimate in a peaceful aquatic exercise where swimmers can lose themselves in deep thought and comforting meditation.

Photo courtesy of TI Israel.

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Steven Munatones