Randy McElwain

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Randy McElwain is an American open water swimmer who. at the age of 45, became one of a handful of individuals to successfully cross Lake Erie, one of the five Great Lakes in North America. For a brief time, he was the course record holder for swimming across Lake Erie from Long Point, Ontario to North East Township's Freeport Beach in Pennsylvania, U.S.A. between 2009-2011. He currently holds the record for the longest swim across Lake Erie, from Long Point, Ontario Canada to Dobbins Landing, in downtown Erie, Pa. The Edinboro University of Pennsylvania graduate set the record of 16:26.06 in 2011.

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Lake Erie

Lake Erie is the fourth largest lake (by surface area) of the five Great Lakes in North America, and the tenth largest globally. It is the southernmost, shallowest, and smallest by volume of the Great Lakes. It is bounded by Ontario to the north, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York to the south, and Michigan to the west. The lake is named after the Erie tribe of Native Americans who lived along its southern shore. The outflow from the lake provides hydroelectric power to Canada and the U.S. as it spins huge turbines at Niagara Falls.

Lake Erie Open Water Swimming Association

A solo crossing of Lake Erie between Canada and the U.S.A. is one of USA and Canada's Top Open Water Swims. Marathon swims across Lake Erie are governed by the USA group, from Erie PA (LEOWSA) Lake Erie Open Water Swimming Association, managed by Josh Heynes,also 2 Canadian observation/sanctioning groups #1 LOST Swimming, managed by Rob Kent and also #2 SOLO Swims of Ontario managed by Greg Taylor.

Successful Marathon Swims Across Central Lake Erie

Recognized and Ratified by LEOWSA

1975: Pat Budney swam 26 miles (41.8 km) in 25 hours 52 minutes from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Presque Isle State Park - Beach 10, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA on 20 August 1975. Note: his finish beach is now named Budney Beach in his honor.
1989: Bob North and Harvey Snell swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach, North East Twp., Pennsylvania, USA on 12 August 1989
1992: Bob Weir 49, Canada swam 27 miles (43km) in 23 hours 41 minutes from Dunkirk, NY, USA to Mohawk Point, Ontario Canada 26-27 Aug

1993: Halli Reid swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) in 17 hours from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach, North East Twp., Pennsylvania, USA on 9 August 1993 (first woman)
Note: Nearby Park is now named in her honor

1995: Greg Sarbak swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) in 13 hours 30 minutes from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East Twp., Pennsylvania, USA on 21 August 1995
1998: Paula Stephanson: swam 27 miles (43km) in 18 hours:23 minutes from Dunkirk,NY USA to Rock Point Provincial Park, Ontario Canada 18-19 July

2002: Paula Jongerden swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) in 23 hours 36 minutes from Presque Isle State Park, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA to Long Point, Ontario, Canada on 21 August 2002
2005: Sara McClure swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East Twp., Pennsylvania, USA on 8 August 2005
2006: Josh Heynes swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) in 11 hours 53 minutes from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East Twp., Pennsylvania, USA on 9 August 2006
2007: Dan Nichols swam 32.2 miles (51.4km) in 20 hours 45 minutes 57 seconds from Presque Isle State Park, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA to Abigail Becker Parkway, Long Point, Ontario on 5 August 2007
2007: Sonya Pyle swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) in 14 hours 9 minutes from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East Twp., Pennsylvania, USA on 6 August 2007
2009: Randy McElwain swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) in 11 hours 23 minutes 33 seconds from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East Twp., Pennsylvania, USA on 24 August 2009
2010: Mitch Ranzenberger swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) in 17 hours 47 minutes from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East Twp., Pennsylvania, USA on 1 August 2010
2011: Josh Heynes swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) in 11 hours 16 minutes 40 seconds from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East Twp., Pennsylvania, USA on 9 July 2011 (course record time)
2011: Melanie Reade swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) in 13 hours 35 minutes 33 seconds from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East Twp., Pennsylvania, USA on 31 July 2011 (course record time for women)
2011: Randy McElwain swam 32.5 miles (51.5 km) in 16 hours 26 minutes 6 seconds from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Dobbin's Landing - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA on 30 August 2011 (longest distance across Lake Erie)
2012: Eric Mizuba swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) across Lake Erie in 14 hours 34 minutes from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East Twp., Pennsylvania, USA on 29 July 2012

Unsanctioned and Unofficial

2013: Mike Ferritto swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) across Lake Erie in 15 hours 20 minutes from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East Twp., Pennsylvania, USA on 1 August 2013
2013: Steve Wargo swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) across Lake Erie in 20 hours 7 minutes from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East Twp., Pennsylvania, USA on 1 August 2013

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