Lake Erie Open Water Swimming Association (LEOWSA)

jheynesjheynes Member
edited November 12 in General Discussion
Lake Erie Open Water Swimming Assoc. LEOWSA is the official "observation" group for solo/relay marathon swims across Central Lake Erie. We are made up of a group of local successful open water swimmers along with PA state resident Darren Miller (Oceans Seven), to provide the best possible experience for marathon swimmers and to make sure rules and regulations are adhered to during an attempt.

We are currently taking applications from aspirants for summer of 2014.

LEOWSA has made the proper local contacts for Pilots, Kayakers, and US Border Patrol and Customs Agents, along with the US Coast Guard that are in charge of Lake Erie. There is an established 24.3 mile course that begins at the Tip of Long Point, Ontario, Canada and ends in North-East Twp, Pa, however there can be arrangements made for other routes if desired through Central Lake Erie.

Thanks you for your consideration. This officially our 2nd season and are still growing and learning.
For more information or application contact LEOWSA co-founder Josh Heynes @


  • timsroottimsroot Spring, TXCharter Member
    How much are sanction costs? Are all the pilots in the Erie area?

    I'm thinking hard about a swim, probably in 2015, on a route further west of the one you describe.
  • We have a packet that i can email you that has all that info.

    Yes all of our boats and Captains are out of one of the many yacht/boat clubs Erie, Pa.
  • jheynesjheynes Member
    edited January 2014
    we are on Facebook,
    Lake Erie Marathon Swimming
  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member
    I'd like an email packet. I'll pm ya.
  • smithsmith O-H-I-OMember
    Any plans to create a Lake Ontario Open Water Swimming Association from the American (as opposed to Canadian) side as well?

    Lactate is for wimps.

  • Not yet, Lake Erie is is Big enough for us to Handle right now. SOLOSwims Ontario and LOST swimming have Lake Ontario. Prob need to find somebody in the Buffalo NY area to possibly handle that from the US side.
    LEOWSA is willing to help ( if possible)
  • smithsmith O-H-I-OMember

    Lactate is for wimps.

  • JustSwimJustSwim Member
    edited January 2014
    AOL had a nice article this week about Ryan Stevens' attempt in 2013 to swim Lake Erie and his plan to attempt the swim again in 2014. It was a featured item on their home page.

    [link added 1/16 by @evmo]
  • timsroottimsroot Spring, TXCharter Member
    JustSwim said:

    AOL had a nice article this week about Ryan Stevens' attempt in 2013 to swim Lake Erie and his plan to attempt the swim again in 2014. It was a featured item on their home page.

  • yes , we know about Ryan and reached out to him. However he chose in 2013 NOT do have LEOWSA be apart of his attempt.
  • LOSTswimmerLOSTswimmer Oakville, Ontario, CanadaMember
    edited January 2014
    Hey Josh, that's great that you have LEOWSA up and running! We should have the Lake Ontario Crossing Organization (LOCO) up and running by summer '14 too! We have a few swimmers already lined up (and I'll probably pass a few your way for Lake E Crossings too). More info to come!

    Cheers, Rob

  • jheynesjheynes Member
    edited November 12
    Just wanted to update everyone. LEOWSA Lake Erie Open Water Swimming Assoc. has two solo marathon swimmers register, insured, and sanctioned for Solo marathon swim across Lake Erie. Both will be observed and monitored by LEOWSA and will follow the MSF rules.

    Both are doing the established "Standard Course" 24.3 miles from Long Point Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach in North East Twp, Pennsylvania. Each will be swimming their respective events separately. Hopefully Lake Erie gets warmer by the end of July-beginning of August.

    Check out their websites and charities they are linking their event with, feel free to donate to help their respective causes.

    Norman Stark- 17 yrs old

    Elliot Spaeder- 30 yrs old

  • jheynesjheynes Member
    edited November 12
    LEOWSA announces that Elliot Spaeder from Erie, PA (30yr old) has completed his 24.3 mile swim from the tip of Long Point, Ontario Canada to Freeport Beach in North East Twp. Pa. in an official time of 11hrs 28 min 6 sec. on July 22nd 2014. 3rd fastest for that course.

    see webpage or his FB page spaedercanamswim
  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member
  • Wowsers!
  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member
    edited July 2014
    Annaliese Carr dropped in early this morning. Anyone know how she's doing? I went to LEOWSA's page on FB but no updates...

    Edit: I found her page and tracker:
  • Early reports indicated she did not attain her original goal of 75 km from Presque Isle in Erie, Pa to Port Dover.
    She and her team decided to get out at Long Point, Ontario Canada approx 43 km or 26.8 miles. Time was 22 hr 20 min.
    Still the youngest person across Central Lake Erie, just not a "distance record" for central Lake Erie. That still belongs to Randy McElwain 33 Miles
  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member
    She's freaking incredible.
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsCharter Member
    At 22 hours, 20 minutes, Carr still went into the LEOWSA record book as the youngest person ever to swim what's designated as the central Lake Erie route. She's also the fastest to swim it south to north. - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!

  • yes, and its was sanctioned/observed by LOCO run by Rob Kent, LEOWSA was just a small assist but will also recognize the swim accomplishment, route and time.
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsCharter Member
    Carr told a press conference on Sunday that she only got three hours sleep before entering Lake Erie at 5:21 a.m. Friday. By time she covered the 42-kilometre distance between Erie, Pa., and Long Point, Ont., she was exhausted and couldn’t continue. - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!

  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited November 12
    Elliot Spaeder's Lake Erie swim, which was conducted according to MSF Rules, observed by Josh Heynes @jheynes, and sanctioned by the Lake Erie Open Water Swimming Association, has been added to MSF Documented Swims:

    Thanks to Josh for the excellent, comprehensive documentation.
  • jheynesjheynes Member
    edited August 2014
    Norman's twitter page iswim4vets- so far $15,000 for IFHF (Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund). Still taking donations

    Norman will be swimming Lake Erie, From Long Point Ontatio Canada-to Freeport Beach North East Twp, Pa 24.3 miles

    Planned start time around 7-7:30am EST

    Just follow this link to see my location updates:
    If the link doesn't work, try copying and pasting it to your browser's address bar.
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin

    Three recent Lake Erie swims observed by LEOWSA are now published as MSF Documented Swims:

    All three swims went on the same day, July 31 - a big day for @jheynes and LEOWSA!

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