The Great Lakes Challenge: Lake Erie Entry + Medal

The Great Lakes Challenge: Lake Erie Entry + Medal

The fourth-largest and shallowest of the Great Lakes, Lake Erie was named for its shape. “Erie” is shortened from the Iroquoian word erielhonan, meaning long tail!

Have you ever heard of Nessie the Loch Ness Monster? But have you heard of Bessie, the 40-foot monster, who is rumoured to make her home in Lake Erie? Race Bessie 388 km (241 miles) across Lake Erie in this unique, monster of a challenge. Log your miles by running, walking, wheeling, or swimming!


  • What do I get with my order? This package includes a Lake Erie Challenge entry, high-quality medal, and full-colour downloadable digital bib.

  • How does the challenge work? To complete this challenge, you will record 388 km of activity. Our results platform will keep track of your total distance logged from the activities you submit until you reach the finish line!

  • When can I submit results? You can start logging your activity on August 3, 2020. There is no time limit for this challenge.

  • How do I submit results? After you register, you will receive an activation email. Think of this as your check-in at the Registration Tent before you head to the Start Line. You can use any app or device to track your run. You can submit results by connecting directly to your Strava, or manually entering your activities! 

  • Do I have to run? Absolutely not! You can use any combination of activities to conquer this distance. Running, walking, cycling, swimming, kayaking…as long as you’re being active, it counts!

  • When will my order ship? This package is in stock and now shipping! You will receive an email confirmation when your order has shipped so that you know to keep your eyes peeled.

  • Is there a Great Lakes Challenge t-shirt? Yes! You can add the Great Lakes Challenge T-Shirt to your order here.
  • Is there a charity component? Yes! We believe in the importance of giving back. A portion of every Great Lakes Challenge entry is donated to Swim Drink Fish, as they work to connect everyone with swimmable, drinkable, and fishable water.

2020 Live Results (you must have a Challenge Hound account to view results): 

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Please note that, while children under the age of 13 are welcome to participate, our results partner for the Great Lakes Challenge does not permit them to submit results online.