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A few years ago, some friends of mine and I decided that we would try to jump in all 5 Great Lakes in one day.  We are prone to doing silly roadtrips like this, and jumping in all 5 Great Lakes in one day seemed to fit the bill!

We currently hold the world record for this “feat”, with a time of 8 hours, 51 minutes and 44 seconds.  If you want to try and get a piece of our “fame” and “glory”, the ground rules are:

– participants must jump and run into each Great Lake
– may not toe-tap
– timing starts when participants are on the shore of the first Great Lake
– timing stops when participants are submerged in the fifth Great Lake
– jumping, running, or swimming from Lake Michigan to Lake Huron or vice versa is prohibited
– must provide video evidence
– Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, though hydrologically one lake, are considered to be divided by the Mackinac Bridge.

Here’s the video that we took of the trip.  For your viewing pleasure, I cut out all of the time in the car and just edited it down to the actual times we were at the individual Great Lakes.  The video is set to Gordon Lightfoot’s “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald“, which was the theme song for the trip.

If you don’t know the story of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, it was the largest ship on the Great Lakes when it was built, and it sunk in Lake Superior on November 10, 1975.

I hope you enjoy the video – feel free to leave descriptions of your own silly roadtrips in the comments!


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