MSF Documented Swim

Elliot Spaeder
Lake Erie
24.3 miles
11 hours, 28 minutes
July 22, 2014
Documenter: Josh Heynes

Swimmer

  • Name: Elliot Spaeder
  • Age on swim date: 30
  • Nationality: US
  • Resides: Erie, Pennsylvania

Swim

  • Body of Water: Lake Erie
  • Route Description: Southeast from Tip of Long Point Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach, North East Twp, Pennsylvania
  • Distance: 24.3 statute miles (straight line)
  • Start: July 22, 2014, 7:14:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)
  • Finish: 6:42:05 PM
  • Swim Duration: 11 hours, 28 minutes, 5 seconds

Route Details

  • Start: Lighthouse @ Long Point (N 42° 32.843, W 080° 2.930’)
  • Finish: Freeport Beach (N 42° 14.503’ W 079°49.991’)

Support Personnel

  • Pilot: Sean Madras
  • Pilot: Mike Green
  • Vessel: Endless Endeavor (Erie, PA), and 23 ft Proline (no name)
  • Kayakers: Ryan Morrow (head), Molly Spaeder, Christian Torchio, Dane Olmstead
  • Observer: Josh Heynes, Lake Erie Open Water Swimming Association
  • Backup Timekeeper: Tim Spaeder
  • Feed Prep: Eric Benson, Jeff Spaeder
  • Photographer: Robert Frank
  • Exercise Science Researchers: Suzanne Kitts, Kory Stauffer

Rules & Conduct

  • Swim Category: Unassisted marathon swim
  • Rules: MSF Standard
  • Standard Equipment: traditional men’s brief, single latex cap, goggles
  • Additional Equipment: heart-rate monitor for scientific research
  • Lubrication: mix of vasoline, lanolin, and sunscreen
  • Feeding: Every Hour: 2 large water bottles, #1 with 2 scoops HEED, 1.5 scoops Perpetuem, 2 gels. #2 with water. After Mile 15 went to 50 minute feed times, after Mile #21 went to 45 minute feeds

GPS Data

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Split Times per Mile

Observer Log

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Weather Conditions

  • Wind Speed: 0 kts (min)
  • Beaufort Scale: 0
  • Water Temperature: 68 (min) - 73 (max)
  • Air Temperature: 58F (min) - 88F (max)
  • Swells: None
  • Skies: Clear, Hazy, Hot and Humid

NOAA lake surface temperature estimate from satellite sensors (click to enlarge):

Video