There are acknowledged centers of excellence of open water swimming around the world: Dover, Lake Windermere, Cape Town, Los Angeles, Sydney, Perth...and Chicago.
While residents have been swimming in Lake Michigan on the shores of Chicago for generations, open water swimming really took off in Lake Michigan in the 1960's.
Back in the early 1960's in the era of Abdul Latif Abou Heif, Greta Andersen and Ted Erikson, epic 60-mile professional marathon swims were held in Lake Michigan, the pros enjoyed Lake Michigan, but not others. Now swims like the increasingly popular Big Shoulders have now established a goal for open water swimmers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
Open Water Chicago creates heroes out of ordinary people. They do this by providing excellent information and opportunities that individuals need to optimize their fitness and to fully experience the joy and adventure of being in the elements.
But it is the efforts of passionate people like Stephen Hernan of Open Water Swimming Chicago that provides the day-to-day information and motivations to everyday swimmers.
Stephen's Open Water Swimming Chicago is an Internet-enabled media and event company that organizes and publicizes local and national swim events and produces fitness and public health-related content.
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