Five women to attempt to swim length of Lake Ontario in a marathon relay
The Canadian Press
Saturday, July 20, 2013, 4:53 PM - Five women will attempt to swim across Lake Ontario lengthwise starting Tuesday morning, in a grueling 305 km relay they expect will take five straight days of non-stop swimming.
The swim will begin at 10 a.m. EDT in Kingston, Ontario and is expected to end in Burlington, Ontario.
The women - who range in age from 18 to 61 - will swim in two-hour shifts through the day and night, sleeping and eating on an entourage of sailboats and zodiacs.
Eighteen-year-old Mona Sharari, the youngest member of the group, swam across the English Channel last year.
The length-wise crossing has never been completed, but the solo crossing from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Toronto has been completed 57
times, the majority of them by women.
The crossing was first completed by Marilyn Bell in 1954, when she was 16-years-old.