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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The History Behind And After Budney Beach

Budney Beach is located at Beach 10 along the north shoreline of Lake Erie at Presque Isle State Park.

The beautiful vista is both the finish and start of marathon swimming across Lake Erie. In 1975, Pat Budney set off with swimming buddy Tim Hughes. Hughes gave it his all, but it was not in the cards and he was ultimately pulled within 3 miles of their goal. Budney continued on and finished in 25 hours 52 minutes.

His finish point was renamed in his honor and helped set the stage for 14 other swimmers to replicate his exploit. Each swimmer had their own motivations and their own story of determination, dedication and difficulties across the challenging lake. It will be an ongoing story.

1975: Pat Budney swam 26 miles in 25 hours 52 minutes from Long Point, Ontario to Presque Isle State Park - Beach 10, Erie, Pennsylvania
1989: Bob North and Harvey Snell swam 24.3 miles from Long Point, Ontario to Freeport Beach, North East, Pennsylvania
1993: Halli Reid swam 24.3 miles in 17 hours from Long Point, Ontario to Freeport Beach, North East, Pennsylvania (first woman)
1995: Greg Sarbak swam 24.3 miles in 13 hours 30 minutes from Long Point, Ontario to Freeport Beach - North East, Pennsylvania
2002: Paula Jongerden swam 24.3 miles in 23 hours 36 minutes from Presque Isle State Park, Erie, Pennsylvania to Long Point, Ontario
2005: Sara McClure swam 24.3 miles from Long Point, Ontario to Freeport Beach - North East, Pennsylvania
2006: Josh Heynes swam 24.3 miles in 11 hours 53 minutes from Aug 9, 2006-Long Point, Ontario to Freeport Beach - North East, Pennsylvania
2007: Dan Nichols swam 26 miles in 20 hours 45 minutes 57 seconds from Presque Isle State Park, Erie, Pennsylvania to Long Point, Ontario
2007: Sonya Pyle (shown above) swam 24.3 miles in 14 hours 9 minutes from Long Point, Ontario to Freeport Beach - North East, Pennsylvania
2009: Randy McElwain swam 24.3 miles in 11 hours 23 minutes 33 seconds from Long Point, Ontario to Freeport Beach - North East, Pennsylvania
2010: Mitch Ranzenberger swam 24.3 miles in 17 hours 47 minutes from Long Point, Ontario to Freeport Beach - North East, Pennsylvania
2011: Josh Heynes swam 24.3 miles in 11 hours 16 minutes 40 seconds from Long Point, Ontario to Freeport Beach - North East, Pennsylvania (world record time)
2011: Melanie Reade swam 24.3 miles in 13 hours 35 minutes 33 seconds from Long Point, Ontario to Freeport Beach - North East, Pennsylvania (record time for women)
2011: Randy McElwain swam 32 miles in 16 hours 26 minutes 6 seconds from Long Point, Ontario to Dobbin's Landing - Erie, Pennsylvania (longest distance across Lake Erie)
2012: Eric Mizuba swam 24.3 miles in 14 hours 34 minutes from Long Point, Ontario to Freeport Beach - North East, Pennsylvania

To learn more about swimming across Lake Erie, contact Lake Erie marathon swimming historian and 2-time swimmer Josh Heynes at jheynes1@gmailcom.

Photo of Sonya Pyle by Cyndy Patton.

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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The Global Open Water Swimming Conference is a conference on the sport of open water swimming, marathon swimming and swimming during triathlons and multi-sport endurance events.

The conference which has been attended by enthusiasts and luminaries from 6 continents, is devoted to providing information about the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, psychological preparation, race organization and safety practices used in the sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons.

The conference's mission is to provide opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming, and to meet and discuss the sport among swimmers, coaches, administrators, event organizers, sponsors, vendors, officials, escort pilots, and volunteers from kayakers to safety personnel.

Dozens of presentations at the 2014 Conference at the Mount Stuart House cover numerous aspects of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn and share the latest trends, race tactics, training modalities, swimming techniques, equipment, race organization, logistics, operations, and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive athlete, fitness swimmer, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter, sponsor or referee.

The conference was first held in Long Beach, California as part of the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. It has since been held on the Queen Mary in California, at Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland. This year in September, it comes to another iconic location, the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.

"The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was started due to the desire and need for athletes, coaches, referees, administrators, race directors, promoters and sponsors from around the world to share, collect and learn information about the growing sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons," said founder Steven Munatones. "Other swimming conferences usually offering nothing on open water swimming or perhaps a speech or two, but we thought open water swimming deserves its own global conference. It is great that the community shares its information via the online social network, but there is nothing like meeting other open water swimming enthusiasts face-to-face and talking about the sport from morning to night."

Speakers at the conference include English Channel swimmers, ice swimmers, record holders, renowned coaches, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

"Because the audience is passionate and educated about the sport and its finest practitioners, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference is also the location of the induction ceremonies for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the annual WOWSA Awards that recognize the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards are also occasionally presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport over their career."

The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Programme

Wednesday, September 17th
Leave Glasgow to commence 2-day tour of Scotland [closest international airport is Glasgow]

Thursday, September 18th
Stay Mainland, North of Scotland

Friday, September 19th
14:00 - Swim Loch Lomond
17:00 - Head to Isle of Bute
19:30 - Scottish Banquet
21:30 - Dinner Dance

Saturday, September 20th
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
12:20 - Lunch and WOWSA Awards
13:40 – Speeches
15:40 - Round Table
19:00 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony

Sunday, September 21st
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
14:30 - Swim in St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute

The luminaries of the open water swimming world who will be honored in Scotland will include:

* Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Jon Erikson (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Claudio Plit (Argentina), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Judith van Berkel-de Njis (Netherlands), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* David Yudovin (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Mercedes Gleitze (Great Britain), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* George Young (Canada), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Dale Petranech (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Contributor
* Melissa Cunningham (Australia), 2013 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award winner
* Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* James Anderson (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Dr. Jane Katz (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Indonesian Swimming Federation, , International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Organisation
* Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* Olga Kozydub (Russia), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* Bering Strait Swim (international team), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
* International Ice Swimming Association (Ram Barkai, founder, South Africa), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year

For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:

* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming
* Colleen Blair To Kick-off Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks
* Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame
* Mercedes Gleitze To Be Honored In Scotland
* The Incredible Career Of Merceded Gleitze
* Jon Erikson To Be Honoured In Florida
* The Incredible Career Of Mercedes Gleitze
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference

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