Ohio Man Completes 'Lake Erie Aquathon'


Earlier this summer, Cleveland, Ohio, resident Stephen Wargo put nine months of training to the test and set out on the Lake Erie Aquathon — a roughly 51.5-km swim/run through the western basin and Lake Erie islands. Wargo concocted the Aquathon in order to raise money for the aid organization Doctors Without Borders. His daughter has completed six tours around the world with Doctors Without Borders as a pediatric nurse.

The July 6 trek began at 6 a.m. and took 17 hours and 7 minutes to complete. Wargo set off from Marblehead, swimming 4 miles to Kelleys Island. After running 1.5 miles around the island, he than swam 7 miles to Pelee Island, where he was forced during his 8.5-mile run around the island to take cover from a thunderstorm in an airport. Wargo completed the last leg of the race — a 9-mile swim to Pelee Point on the Canadian mainland — in the dark at 11:12 p.m.

A volunteer team of six accompanied Wargo on his journey: Two paddled alongside in kayaks while the rest cruised nearby in a 34-foot Sea Ray. So far, Wargo has raised about $2,500 and counting through the Aquathon.

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The storm Wargo encountered during his race.

The team at the finish with Wargo second from left. 

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