Date of Swim: August 19, 2017
Starting Location : 618 Sturgeon Point Road, at Sturgeon Point Marina at approximately 7:00 AM (Derby, New York, USA).
Ending Location: Crystal Beach, Ontario, Canada within 10 hours of commencing swim.
Carlos Costa, a para-athlete, will attempt to swim across Lake Erie. Costa is swimming this event in conjunction with other swimmers as part of the Global Swim Series Embrace Lake Erie Challenge. The crossing is 20 kilometers (12.5 mile) from Sturgeon Point, NY to Crystal Beach Ontario. Costa will become the first para-male athlete to ever successfully attempt and complete the swim.
At just 20 years of age, Costa, a para-athlete, made history by successfully swimming across Lake Ontario in just under 33 hours. He was also the fourth Canadian ever to swim across the Catalina Channel, as well as an extended double crossing of the Strait of Messina in Italy. Costa has received numerous awards, including being named Ontario’s Disabled Athlete in 1994, and is a member of the Terry Fox Hall of Fame, and the Swim Ontario Hall of Fame.
Costa decided to return to his passion of Marathon swimming two years ago, after more than a 20 year retirement from the sport. “Swimming across Lake Erie has been a personal goal that I’ve been considering for many years”, Costa said, but states that Lake Erie will be challenging and unpredictable. Lake Erie is the fourth largest Great Lake, and is known for changing winds, currents, and weather.
Costa qualified for his Lake Erie crossing by completing a 10 kilometer (6.2 mile) race in under 4 hours. Costa is also raising funds for a local Toronto area hospital.