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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Marathon Heavyweight Leaves A Massive Legacy In His Wake
The marathon swimming icon from New England was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Swimmer in 2002 and served on its Board of Directors for a number of years.
His sense of service and contributions to the sport were provided over decades. Doty was the president and treasurer of the New England Marathon Swimming Association that promoted open water swimming and hosted the annual Boston Light Swim and numerous other from one to five mile swims. He published booklets on swims involving tidal flows, jellyfish and pollution effects on seaweed and fish.
He studied the medical effects of cold water and the stress and strain on the body from long distance swimming and was always dipping into his own pocket to support the sport. He kept entry fees at a minimum (e.g., 50 cents) that helped cover the cost of awards and food.
As an athlete, Doty swam across or the length of most New Hampshire lakes and swam on the professional circuit in World Professional Marathon Swimming Association races in Chicago, Chiccoutimi and Rhode Island as well as the famous 24 Heures La Tuque. He helped establish the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Davids-Wheeler Award in 1968, founded the Boston Light Swim in 1978 and the New England Marathon Swimming Association in 1978 as a charity organization to study water conditions, water safety and promote swimming.
International Swimming Hall of Fame Executive Director and Curator Bob Duenkel remembers him, "Jim was a good friend to the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Whenever he was in town, he would always stop in to the Hall for a quick hello and to check out the L Street Brownies Display. With his New England Marathon Swimming Association, he was one who saw the value of organized open water swimming."
Dr. Marcy MacDonald also lauds the champion of the sport, "A true gentleman Jim was. Open water swimming and Boston will miss him. I had the pleasure to know him way back in the late 1980s when I got back into swimming after college. He always ran a safe Boston Light swim. Thank you for your love for the water."
Boston marathon swimming stalwart and race director of the Boston Light Swim Greg O'Connor said, "I find myself following in his footsteps, knowing that I can never fill his shoes."
Margie Decker remembers the man who reeled people into open water swimming from all walks of life. "I remember Jim’s enthusiastic energy for all things related to swimming. Even though I was only a casual swimmer, Jim convinced me that I needed to join the New England Marathon Swimming Association AND I did! Initially, I did some of the smaller races in the Boston Harbor. In hindsight, I had no business even entering that race as I was a pool swimmer with nearly no open water experience. However, it was Jim’s not so subtle coercion that made me enter the race. He had full confidence in me which gave me the confidence in myself! I look back and realize what a rich experience I had by getting involved. And, clearly, that would not have happened if Jim Doty had not reeled me in."
Doty's warmhearted relationship with everyone in the open water swimming community was renowned. "I did get to meet Jim Doty, in the late 80s when I had a go at some of the Canadian swims," recalled International Swimming Hall of Fame inductee Kevin Murphy. "Of all the people I met, I remember him because he was so friendly and helpful to a me, a newcomer to the scene in Canada and North America, so I'm saddened by his passing and would like to add my condolences for his family."
"He was a remarkable person. I would never have done a marathon swim, let alone 14 successful channel swims if it were not for Jim Doty," recalled the prolific marathon swimmer Peter Jurzinski.
Doty conceived of the Irving Davids-Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award and arranged for its donation by the New England Marathon Swimming Association in honor of Irving Davids and Captain Roger W. Wheeler. This award recognizes contributors to the sport of open water swimming.
Prior to establishing his legacy in open water swimming, Doty started his athletic career in track and was a hammer thrower and shot-putter at Harvard University. In 1956, he finished 78th in the Boston Marathon and decided that marathoning and ultra-marathoning suited him. He started swimming long distances in 1968, training with Jack Starrett, a 1964 English Channel swimmer. He later trained together with famed coach Charlie Silvia at Pine Knoll Swim School in Massachusetts.
Decades later with thousands of hours devoted to the sport on land, in boats and in the water, Jim Doty leaves a beautiful legacy to those who follow in his massive wake.
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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
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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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