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What Is The Defined Distance Of A Marathon Swim?

A marathon run is defined as 26.2 miles or 42.195K, but what is the definition of a marathon swim? The global open water swimming world has numerous definitions and interpretations of a marathon swim, largely dependent upon the race course in question.

But as the sport continues to evolve and establish different measures and kinds of standards and uniformity, we may see the community coalesce behind one definition - or not.

It depends who you talk to.

A marathon swim is defined by FINA to be 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) in length with the Olympic 10KM Marathon Swim as its most visible race.

The former Atlantic City Around-the-Island Marathon Swim was 37 kilometers (22.5 miles) in length.

The Tampa Bay Marathon Swim is 38.6 kilometers (24 miles) in length.

The Manhattan Island Marathon Swim is 46 kilometers (28.5 miles) in length.

The Maratona Del Golfo Capri-Napoli in Italy is 36 kilometers in length.

The Maraton Acuatica Internacional Santa Fe - Coronda in Argentina is 57 kilometers in length.

The Sumidero Canyon Swimming Marathon in Mexico is 15 kilometers in length.

The Maraton Acuatico Internacional Ciudad Rosario in Argentina is 15 kilometers in length.

The Maraton Patagones Viedma in Argentina is 15 kilometers in length.

The Ohrid Lake Swim Marathon in Macedonia is 30 kilometers in length.

The Galata Varna Swimming Marathon is 4 kilometers in length.

The Self-Transcendence Marathon Swim is 26.4 kilometers in length.

The PT109 Commemorative Swim Marathon is a 5 kilometer swim in the Solomon Islands.

According to the venerable Ted Erikson, in the 1960's, 16 kilometers (10 miles) was referred to as a marathon swim because of the relative times involved for completion.

Wikipedia refers to marathon swimming as 10 kilometers in distance, referring to the FINA definition.

[[International Swimming Hall of Fame]] inductee Timothy Johnson describes a slew of marathon swims of various lengths in his authoritative book, History of Open Water Marathon Swimming.

Conrad Wennerberg also provides a rich description of marathon swims in his book, Wind, Waves, and Sunburn: A Brief History of Marathon Swimming.

The Canadian Encyclopedia defines marathon swimming as swimming in open water for distances in excess of 1500 meters.

The Encyclopedia of New Zealand defines marathon swims as longer than 10 kilometers.

Neither U.S. Masters Swimming nor USA Swimming define marathon swimming.

The World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation was formed in 1963 by professional marathon swimmers themselves and was the effective governing body of the sport for several decades. Its shortest swim was 16 kilometers in length.

Sports Illustrated has written about marathon swimming over the years. In one article, the magazine described one marathon swim by Diane Nyad as 10 miles in length.

The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame defines marathon swimming as 25 kilometers in length.

Tony Lyons has a specific definition of a marathon swim: he swam 42 kilometers (26 miles) or 1688 laps in a 25-meter pool in British Columbia, Canada in March 2009 to raise funds for the CKNW Orphan’s Fund.

Others define marathon swims as the distance of the English Channel (33 kilometers).

Everyone seems to have a good reason or valid justification for believing their definition of a marathon swim is correct. At the same time, given the exposure that marathon swimming has received from its inclusion in the Olympics, the sport may be best served by keeping in line with FINA and the International Olympic Committee.

A 10-kilometer swim done by a world-class swimmer is comparable in time to a marathon run done by world-class marathon runners.

The marathon run distance was standardized in 1921 after various distances had been debated since the 1st century AD. We are hopeful the marathon swimming community will come to an agreement in a shorter time frame than its running counterparts.

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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The Global Open Water Swimming Conference is a conference on the sport of open water swimming, marathon swimming and swimming during triathlons and multi-sport endurance events.

The conference which has been attended by enthusiasts and luminaries from 6 continents, is devoted to providing information about the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, psychological preparation, race organization and safety practices used in the sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons.

The conference's mission is to provide opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming, and to meet and discuss the sport among swimmers, coaches, administrators, event organizers, sponsors, vendors, officials, escort pilots, and volunteers from kayakers to safety personnel.

Dozens of presentations at the 2014 Conference at the Mount Stuart House cover numerous aspects of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn and share the latest trends, race tactics, training modalities, swimming techniques, equipment, race organization, logistics, operations, and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive athlete, fitness swimmer, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter, sponsor or referee.

The conference was first held in Long Beach, California as part of the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. It has since been held on the Queen Mary in California, at Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland. This year in September, it comes to another iconic location, the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.

"The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was started due to the desire and need for athletes, coaches, referees, administrators, race directors, promoters and sponsors from around the world to share, collect and learn information about the growing sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons," said founder Steven Munatones. "Other swimming conferences usually offering nothing on open water swimming or perhaps a speech or two, but we thought open water swimming deserves its own global conference. It is great that the community shares its information via the online social network, but there is nothing like meeting other open water swimming enthusiasts face-to-face and talking about the sport from morning to night."

Speakers at the conference include English Channel swimmers, ice swimmers, record holders, renowned coaches, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

"Because the audience is passionate and educated about the sport and its finest practitioners, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference is also the location of the induction ceremonies for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the annual WOWSA Awards that recognize the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards are also occasionally presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport over their career."

The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Programme

Wednesday, September 17th
Leave Glasgow to commence 2-day tour of Scotland [closest international airport is Glasgow]

Thursday, September 18th
Stay Mainland, North of Scotland

Friday, September 19th
14:00 - Swim Loch Lomond
17:00 - Head to Isle of Bute
19:30 - Scottish Banquet
21:30 - Dinner Dance

Saturday, September 20th
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
12:20 - Lunch and WOWSA Awards
13:40 – Speeches
15:40 - Round Table
19:00 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony

Sunday, September 21st
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
14:30 - Swim in St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute

The luminaries of the open water swimming world who will be honored in Scotland will include:

* Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Jon Erikson (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Claudio Plit (Argentina), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Judith van Berkel-de Njis (Netherlands), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* David Yudovin (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Mercedes Gleitze (Great Britain), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* George Young (Canada), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Dale Petranech (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Contributor
* Melissa Cunningham (Australia), 2013 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award winner
* Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* James Anderson (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Dr. Jane Katz (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Indonesian Swimming Federation, , International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Organisation
* Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* Olga Kozydub (Russia), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* Bering Strait Swim (international team), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
* International Ice Swimming Association (Ram Barkai, founder, South Africa), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year

For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:

* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming
* Colleen Blair To Kick-off Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks
* Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame
* Mercedes Gleitze To Be Honored In Scotland
* The Incredible Career Of Merceded Gleitze
* Jon Erikson To Be Honoured In Florida
* The Incredible Career Of Mercedes Gleitze
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference

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