AMPHIBIOUS CHALLENGE 2017

A REGION OF THE UPPER PONTIAC LOCALS REFER TO AS "GOD"S COUNTRY", WAS THE SCENE OF THE SECOND ANNUAL AMPHIBIOUS CHALLENGE IN EARLY SEPTEMBER.   THE OTTAWA RIVER, THE ISLANDS, BEACHES AND NEARBY MOUNTAINS ARE RELATIVELY UNTOUCHED. ITS REMOTENESS HAS HELPED KEEP THE SHEENBORO, QUEBEC AREA A BIT OF A SECRET.  THAT'S CHANGING.  IT'S BEING PUT ON THE INTERNATIONAL MAP IN LARGE PART BECAUSE OF A RUN-SWIM RACE GAINING POPULARITY AROUND THE WORLD.   

THE EVENT WAS INTRODUCED TO THE SHEENBORO, QUEBEC AREA LAST YEAR BY SIMON DONATO, THE HOST AND CREATOR OF ESQUIRE'S BOUNDLESS TV.  AN ENDURANCE ATHLETE WHO LOVES ADVENTURE, SIMON MOVED TO THE AREA A FEW YEARS AGO FROM ALBERTA AND QUICKLY DISCOVERED IT WAS THE PERFECT SPOT FOR ADVENTURE SEEKERS. HE FELL IN LOVE WITH SWIM-RUN AFTER COMPETING IN OTILLO, THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 2015.  LAST YEAR WAS THE FIRST AMPHIBIOUS CHALLENGE.  THIS YEAR REGISTRATION FOR THE EVENT MORE THAN DOUBLED.  THE SHEENBORO SWIM-RUN IS NOW A MERIT RACE FOR OTILLO.   IT APPEARS SIMON DONATO IS WELL ON HIS WAY OF ACHIEVING HIS DREAM OF HAVING PEOPLE FALL IN LOVE WITH A NEW SPORT, AND WITH HIS NEW HOME IN THE BEAUTIFUL UPPER PONTIAC.