There was a period in the 1950’s when marathon swimming was all the rage. In 1954, Marilyn Bell (17) swam across Lake Ontario. She later swam the English Channel.
Cliff Lumsdon (1931 – 1991) at the age of 18, won the world marathon championship in Toronto, defeating 46 competitors in the annual 15-mile race at the Canadian National Exhibition . He won $6,300—$5,500 for winning the race and $800 for leading all laps and swimming the fastest lap. He retired in 1965 with career earnings of $152,000. (wikipedia)
There is a lakeside park named after him which is just east of Col. Sam Smith Park.
I visited it just after dawn:
Deep in the greens of summer sing the lives
I’ve come to love. A vireo whets its bill.
The great day balances upon the leaves;
My ears still hear the bird when all is still. – Theodore Roethke (1908–63)
I’m so happy to see all your wonderful photos!
thank you for making my winter so special.
I will forward this to our mutual friend
Chas Elliott and share your talents with him.
Thank you for keeping me on your list miles
keep up the special work that you share
with all of us! I love the poetry too.
It makes me so happy to think you’re out
in nature every day. My best, Patty
beautiful photos @ dawn,most of us miss it,too early in the morning,luckily we have You,Miles,to bring us this awareness. Many thanks….Rosemarie