Swim Across Lake Michigan

Swim Across Lake Michigan

A group of 20 swimmers swam a 42-mile (67.5 km) group relay from Ohio State Street in Chicago to Michigan across Lake Michigan on August 20th.

Their 23 hour 1 minute Swim Across Lake Michigan effort was a charity swim that raised over US$110,000 to fund a cancer research project at Rush University Cancer Center. The relay was part of the Swim Across America event, organized by Dave McClellan.

The members of the Swim Across Lake Michigan relay included David Sims, Bob Lewis, Mark Hauser, John Martin, Melodee Nugent, Ryan Foley, John Schoser, Sean Russell, Michelle Milne, Bill Lee, Dave McClellan, Kendra Robinson, Andrea Rudser-Rusin, Dan Cline, Kara Pellaton, Chip Gilbertson, Jim Sara, Michael Markman, Ellen Bintz Meuch, and Stephanie Felber.

Mark Hauser explains, “The goal of the swim was not to race, but to get across the lake in a safe amount of time. We deliberately avoided, to a large degree, timing and competitive aspects. There were 3 groups that were designated by color for safety and identification. There were 8 legs and each leg had 2 or 3 swimmers. The length of each rotation varied. The first overnight rotation was the longest so that we could avoid people doing two night swims. This first rotation had people doing an average of one hour. After the first rotation, rotations were 30 minutes. There were a total of 5 rotations.

Wetsuits were mandatory due to the nature of sudden temperature swings in the lake and safety

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Steven Munatones