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A Short List of Long Marathon Swims

Certainly channel swims, solo marathon swims and relay marathons are long endurance events, but what are the longest solo, non-wetsuit, competitive open water swims in the world?

In addition to the English Channel, North Channel, Catalina Channel, Molokai Channel, Tsugaru Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar, this is a short list of marathon competitions over 10K that are held annually around the world.

Swims listed by distance:

1. 193 km (120 miles): 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim in New York (7-day stage swim)
2. 88 km (54.6 miles): Maratón Internacional Hernandarias – Paraná in Argentina
3. 81 km (50.3 miles): India National Open Long Distance Swimming Championship in West Bengal, India
4. 70 km (43.5 miles): Vuelta a nado Isla de Ibiza in Ibiza, Spain (5-day stage swim)
5. 60 km (37.2 miles): Open Water Swimming Marathon Kalamata in the Messiniakos Gulf in South Peloponnesus, Greece
6. 57 km (35.4 miles): Maratón Acuático Rio Coronda in Argentina
7. 45.8 km (28.5 miles): Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in New York, USA
8. 43.4 km (27 miles): END-WET in North Dakota, USA
9. 40.2 km (25 miles): In Search of Memphre in Vermont, USA
10. 38.6 km (24 miles): Tampa Bay Marathon Swim in Florida, USA
11. 36 km (22.3 miles): Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in Italy
12. 35 km (21.7 miles): Salish Sea Swim in Vancouver, Canada
13. 34 km (21.2 miles): Traversée Internationale du lac Memphrémagog in Quebec, Canada
14. 33.7 km (21 miles): British Long Distance Swimming Association Two-way Windermere in Windermere, England
15. 33.7 km (21 miles): British Long Distance Swimming Association in Loch Lomond in Scotland
16. 32.2 km (19.9 miles): International Bangla Marathon Swim in Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh
17. 32 km (19.8 miles): Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean in Quebec, Canada
18. 31.8 km (19.8 miles): 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim - Stage 5 in New York, USA
19. 31.8 km (19.8 miles): 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim - Stage 2 in New York, USA
20. 30.83 km (19.15 miles): Ultramarató de l'Ebre 30830 Swim Marathon in Amposta, Catalonia, Spain
21. 30.5 km (19 miles): All India Sea Swimming Competition in India
22. 30 km (18.6 miles): Ohrid Lake Swimming Marathon in Macedonia
23. 30 km (18.6 miles): Giants of the Bay Race in Victoria, Australia
24. 30 km (18.6 miles): Open Water Swimming Marathon Kalamata in the Messiniakos Gulf in South Peloponnesus, Greece
25. 29.4 km (18.3 miles): 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim - Stage 1 in New York, USA
26. 29.1 km (18.1 miles: 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim - Stage 7 in New York, USA
27. 28.1 km (17.5 miles): Ederle Swim from New York to New Jersey, USA
28. 28 km (17.3 miles): Palmy Manly Swim from North Palm Beach in Sydney to Manly’s Shelly Beach in Australia
29. 27.3 km (17 miles): Rose Pitonof Swim in New York, USA
30. 27 km (16.7 miles): La Batalla De Rande A Nado in San Simon, Spain
31. 26.5 km (16.4 miles): International Self-Transcendence Marathon in Lake Zurich, Switzerland
32. 26 km (16.1 miles): International Swimming Marathon of Toroneos Gulf in Nikiti, Greece
33. 25.2 km (15.7 miles): 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim - Stage 6 in New York, USA
34. 25 km (15.5 miles): U.S. Masters Swimming 25K National Championships
35. 25 km (15.5 miles): Cruce del Puerto Rosario in Rosario, Argentina
36. 25 km (15.5 miles): St. Vincent's Foundation Swim Across the Sound from Connecticut to New York, USA
37. 25 km (15.5 miles): Villa Urquiza – Paraná in Paraná, Argentina
38. 25 km (15.5 miles): FINA World Swimming Championships 25 km
39. 25 km (15.5 miles): LEN European Championships 25 km
40. 25 km (15.5 miles): Pensacola Bridge Swim in Florida, USA
41. 25 km (15.5 miles): Toroneos Gulf Swim in Greece
42. 24.4 km (15.2 miles): 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim - Stage 4 in New York, USA
43. 24 km (14.9 miles): St. Petersburg to Kotlin Island in Russia
44. 24 km (14.9 miles): Travessia 14 Bis across the Bertioga Channel in Brazil
45. 22 km (13.6 miles): Ijseelmeerzwemmarathon in the Netherlands
46. 21.2 km (13.2 miles): 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim - Stage 3 in New York, USA
47. 21 km (13 miles): International Marathon Swimming Beltquerung from Denmark to Germany
48. 21 km (13 miles): Travesia En Aguas Abiertas Por la Ruta de Olaya in Lima, Peru
49. 21 km (13 miles): Vidösternsimmet in Vidöstern, Sweden
50. 20.2 km (12.6 miles): Distance Swim Challenge in California, USA
51. 20.1 km (12.5 miles): Swim Around Key West in Florida, USA
52. 20.1 km (12.5 miles): FKCC Swim Around Key West in Florida, USA
53. 20 km (miles): Lake Argyle Swim in Lake Argyle in Western Australia
54. 19.7 km (12.2 miles): Rottnest Channel Swim (Rotto Solo) in Perth, Australia
55. 19.3 km (12 miles): Swim Around Charleston, South Carolina, USA
56. 19.3 km (12 miles): That Dam Swim in Alabama, USA
57. 19 km (11.8 miles): Medunarodni Plivački Maraton (Jarak-Šabac Marathon Swim) in Serbia
58. 18.8 km (11.7 miles): RiverFest Endurance Swim in Oregon, USA
59. 18.5 km (11.2 miles): BCT Gdynia Marathon in Gdynia, Poland
60. 18 km (11.1 miles): Fiji Swims in Fiji
61. 17.7 km (11 miles): Portland Bridge Swim in Oregon, U.S.A.
62. 17 km (10.5 miles): ILDSA & Swim Ireland National 17k Championships in Lough Erne, Ireland
63. 17 km (10.5 miles): British Long Distance Swimming Association in Windermere, England
64. 16.2 km (10 miles): La Jolla Cove Swim Club 10-miler in La Jolla, California, USA
65. 16.2 km (10 miles): Kingdom Swim in Lake Memphremagog, Vermont, USA
66. 16.2 km (10 miles): Deer Creek Open Water Marathon Swim in Charleston, Utah, USA
67. 16.2 km (10 miles): U.S. Masters Swimming 9+ mile National Championships in Minnesota, USA
68. 16.2 km (10 miles): Swim The Suck in Tennessee River Gorge, Tennessee, USA
69. 16.1 km (10 miles): International Bangla Marathon Swim in Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh
70. 16 km (9.9 miles): Faros Marathon Swim in Croatia
71. 16 km (9.9 miles): Lake Trichonida Crossing in Greece
72. 16 km (9.9 miles): Swimming Peace Marathon from Greece to Turkey
73. 15 km (9.3 miles): Irish Long Distance Swimming Association Challenge Swim Lough Sheelin in Cavan, Ireland
74. 15 km (9.3 miles): Távúszást rendezünk Paks-Kalocsa from Paks to Kalocsa in Bács-Kiskun, Hungary
75. 14.5 km (9 miles): North Evoikos Swim in Greece
76. 14.1 km (8.76 miles): Henley Swim’s Bridge to Bridge Swim downstream in the Henley-on-Thames, England
77. 13.1 km (8.2 miles): Pennock Island Challenge in Alaska, USA
78. 13 km (8.12 miles): Great Salt Lake Marathon Swim in Utah, USA
79. 12.87 km (8 miles): Swim for Freedom in Wisconsin, USA
80. 12.87 km (8 miles): Boston Light Swim in Massachusetts, USA
81. 12.87 km (8 miles): YMCA & MVP Annual Lake Swim in Vermont, USA
82. 12.87 km (8 miles): Kirkton of Balmerino Championship in River Tay Estuary, Scotland
83. 11.2 km (7 miles): Bear Lake Open Water Swim in Utah, USA
84. 10.4 km (6.5 miles): Loch Earn Championship in Scotland 85. 11.1 km (7 miles): Maliakos Gulf Swim in Greece
86. 11 km (6.9 miles): Amvrakikos Gulf Swim in Greece
87. 10.2 km (6.3 miles): Little Red Lighthouse Swim in New York, USA
88. 10 km (6.2 miles): San Francisco Bay 10K Bridge to Bridge Swim in San Francisco Bay, California
89. 10 km (6.2 miles): Swim Across America Long Beach in Marine Stadium, Long Beach in California, USA
90. 10 km (6.2 miles): Nike Swim Miami in Miami, Florida
91. 10 km (6.2 miles): Diamond Lake Open Water Challenge in Minnesota
92. 10 km (6.2 miles): Pensacola Three-Mile Bridge Swim in Pensacola, Florida
93. 10 km (6.2 miles): USA Swimming Open Water Swimming Championships in Ft. Myers, Florida
94. 10 km (6.2 miles): Lake Del Valle Open Water Swim in Lake Del Valle, California
95. 10 km (6.2 miles): Fire Island Ocean Swims in New York
96. 10 km (6.2 miles): Sound to Cove Open Water Swim in New York
97. 10 km (6.2 miles): Change Your Latitude in Alaska
98. 10 km (6.2 miles): Swim to the Moon in New York
99. 10 km (6.2 miles): Horsetooth Open Water Swim in Horsetooth Reservoir, Colorado
100. 10 km (6.2 miles): Lake George Open Water Swim in Lake George, New York
101. 10 km (6.2 miles): CAST Classic in Idaho
102. 10 km (6.2 miles): Coney Island Aquarium Triple Dip Swim in Coney Island, New York
103. 10 km (6.2 miles): Flat River Reservoir Champions Challenge in Rhode Island
104. 10 km (6.2 miles): Escape From Skidaway from Georgia
105. 10 km (6.2 miles): FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in Santos, Brazil
106. 10 km (6.2 miles): FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in Patagones-Viedma, Argentina
107. 10 km (6.2 miles): FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in Eliat, Israel
108. 10 km (6.2 miles): FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in Cancun, Mexico
109. 10 km (6.2 miles): FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in lac St-Jean, Roberval, Canada
110. 10 km (6.2 miles): FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in Lac Mégantic, Quebec, Canada
111. 10 km (6.2 miles): FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in Hong Kong
112. 10 km (6.2 miles): FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in Shantou, China
113. 10 km (6.2 miles): Bale of Tortugas in Lake Conroe, Texas
114. 10 km (6.2 miles): Lough Gill 10K in Sligo, Ireland
115. 10 km (6.2 miles): Camlough Lake 10K in Camlough, Ireland
116. 10 km (6.2 miles): Human Race Eton Swim in Eton, England,br/> 117. 10 km (6.2 miles): City Beach Swim in Western Australia
118. 10 km (6.2 miles): Champion Lakes Swim in Western Australia
119. 10 km (6.2 miles): Sorrento Swim in Western Australia
120. 10 km (6.2 miles): Bridge-to-Bridge in San Francisco Bay, California
121. 10 km (6.2 miles): Hellenic Championship 5 & 10 Km in Greece
122. 10 km (6.2 miles): USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships in California and Florida
123. 10 km (6.2 miles): MAXIFUEL Nutrition Open Water Swim Challenge (Bray) in England
124. 10 km (62. miles): Secbands EPA Swim Challenge Series in East Cape, South Africa
125. 10 km (6.2 miles): Metro South West Open Water Championships in New South Wales, Australia
126. 10 km (6.2 miles): Berry Rickards in New South Wales, Australia
127. 10 km (6.2 miles): NSW Open Water Championships in New South Wales, Australia
128. 10 km (6.2 miles): Narranderra SC in Australia
129. 10 km (6.2 miles): King of the Rivers in the Netherlands

To update this list, email headcoach@openwatersource.com

Copyright © 2012 by Open Water Source

4 comments:

  1. Great overview...and basis for a new to-do list.

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  2. Although it would be very debatable, if the degree of difficulty was a factor, the Great Salt Lake Marathon swim (#60), would be much higher on the list. 15 miles in calm water is still a cake walk compared to 8 miles in the Great Salt Lake.

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  3. Great list. One correction: #44, That Dam Swim, is in Alabama, not Tennessee. One addition: the 21km Videosternsimmet in Sweden - http://vidosternsimmet.se

    Did you put this together all by yourself?

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  4. Thank you very much, Mike, for this correction and additional information. It is greatly appreciated. These swims are in the global open water swimming calendar maintained by Open Water Source.

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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.

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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.

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"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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