Three bloggers interested in endurance events such as swimming, running and cycling will be touring Norfolk County June 23 to 25 to better understand what our community has to offer.
Swimmer Michael Kenny, cyclist Louisa Mursell and runner Jennifer Wilson will be hosted by Norfolk County Tourism in collaboration with the North Shore Challenge for Camp Trillium.
On the evening of their arrival, the bloggers will be treated to dinner and wine tastings at Burning Kiln Winery as they hear presentations from organizers of Smuggler’s Run, Le Tour de Norfolk and North Shore Challenge for Camp Trillium.
On Saturday morning, the group will have the chance to run along the trails of the Turkey Point Mountain Bike Club and Long Point Eco-Adventures, home to Smuggler’s Run, to be held July 2.
On Saturday afternoon, an open water swim is planned for the beach at Long Point Provincial Park. The swim will give the bloggers a taste of what to expect while swimming Lake Erie in the North Shore Challenge to be held July 16.
The bloggers will also take a guided walk through Port Dover and learn about local history at the Port Dover Harbour Museum.
Midday Sunday, the group will be guided on a cycling tour in the Delhi area, home to Le Tour de Norfolk, the popular cycling event to be held July 16.
Swimmer Michael Kenny is on a journey as a Masters swimmer, which he documents on the swim blog, Swim Diesel. Michael was the 2015 GSS Men’s Naked Champion, and has competed at provincial, national, and international levels, both in the pool and in the lake. He lives his hashtag, #swimanything, everyday. Michael has competed in every North Shore Challenge since its inception.
Cyclist Louisa Mursell is executive director of the non-profit Transportation Options, a network that encourages cycle tourism throughout the province in part by certifying businesses as ‘bicycle friendly’ as part of the Ontario by Bike initiative.
Runner Jennifer Wilson is a Toronto-based editor, writer and researcher. The subtitle of her blog is “swim, bike, run, write”.
North Shore Challenge organizer Josh Reid and Norfolk County’s Ted Willey will guide the bloggers through the community, stopping at wineries, breweries, restaurants and attractions along the way. Watch for updates on twitter at @NorfolkTour and @SwimLakeErie.
North Shore Challenge organizer Josh Reid talks about activities of interest to families interested in the open water swim event in his latest blog post.
Norfolk County Tourism has been focusing on active living and outdoor activities as part of the #GoNorfolk initiative.