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Marathon Swims, Long Distance Swims, Ultra Swims In America

Below is a partial list of the growing number of marathon swims (long distance swims, ultra-marathon swims) in America.

These include established solo swims governed by an existing association or federation, relays, events and competitions, but it does not include stage swims by one individual or solo swims not governed by an existing association or events that are exclusively conducted with neoprene equipment or wetsuits.

1. 193 km (120 miles): 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim in New York (7-day stage swim)
2. 115.8 km (72 miles): Kaieiewaho Channel between the islands of Oahu and Kauai in Hawaii
3. 111.5 km (69.3 miles): San Nicolas Channel between San Nicholas Island and Point Vicente, California
4. 98.4 km (61.2 miles): San Nicolas Channel between San Nicholas Island and Laguna Point, California
5. 87.5 km (54.4 miles): San Clemente Channel between San Clemente Island and Huntington Beach, California
6. 64.3 km (40 miles): Santa Barbara Channel between Santa Barbara Island and Point Vicente, California
7. 60.6 km (37.7 miles): Santa Barbara Channel between Santa Barbara Island and Point Dume, California
8. 50.5 km (31.4 miles): Lake Ontario, various courses in Lake Ontario between USA and Canada
9. 48.2 km (30 miles): Alenuihaha Channel between the islands of Hawaii and Maui in Hawaii
10. 45.8 km (28.5 miles): Manhattan Island Marathon Swim around Manhattan Island in New York
11. 44.2 km (27.5 miles): Santa Rosa Channel from Santa Rosa Island to Coal Oil Point, Goleta, California
12. 42 km (26 miles): END-WET in the Red River in North Dakota
12. 42 km (26 miles): Moloka'i Channel (Kaiwi Channel) between the islands of Oʻahu and Molokaʻi in Hawaii
14. 41.6 km (25.9 miles): San Miguel Channel between San Miguel Island and Point Conception, California
15. 40.2 km (25 miles): In Search of Memphre in Lake Memphremagog, Vermont
16. 38.6 km (24 miles): Tampa Bay Marathon Swim in Tampa Bay, Florida
17. 37.8 km (23.5 miles): Santa Cruz Channel between Fry's Harbor to Leadbetter Point, Santa Barbara, California
18. 34.1 km (21.25 miles): Lake Tahoe (long way) 19. 32.5 km (20.2 miles): Catalina Channel (San Pedro Channel) between Santa Catalina Island and Los Angeles, California, USA
20. 31.8 km (19.8 miles): 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim - Stage 5 in the Hudson River, New York
20. 31.8 km (19.8 miles): 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim - Stage 2 in the Hudson River, New York
20. 30.5 km (19 miles): Santa Cruz Channel between San Pedro Point and Silver Strand Beach, Oxnard, California
23. 29.4 km (18.3 miles): 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim - Stage 1 in the Hudson River, New York
24. 29.1 km (18.1 miles: 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim - Stage 7 in the Hudson River, New York
25. 28.1 km (17.5 miles): Ederle Swim between New York and New Jersey
26. 27.3 km (17 miles): Rose Pitonof Swim in New York, USA
27. 27.3 km (17 miles): Kaulakahi Channel between the islands of Kauai and Niihau in Hawaii
28. 27.3 km (17 miles): Kealaikahiki Channel between the islands of Kahoolawe and Lanai in Hawaii
29. 25 km (15.5 miles): St. Vincent's Foundation Swim Across the Sound from Connecticut to New York
30. 25 km (15.5 miles): Pensacola Bridge Swim in Pensacola, Florida
31. 24.4 km (15.2 miles): 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim - Stage 4 in the Hudson River, New York
32. 21.2 km (13.2 miles): 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim - Stage 3 in the Hudson River, New York
33. 20.2 km (12.6 miles): Distance Swim Challenge from Hermosa Beach to Santa Monica Beach in California
34. 20.1 km (12.5 miles): Swim Around Key West in Key West, Florida
35. 20.1 km (12.5 miles): FKCC Swim Around Key West in Key West, Florida
36. 19.9 km (12.4 miles): Anacapa Channel between Anacapa Island and Silver Strand Beach, Oxnard, California
37. 19.3 km (12 miles): Swim Around Charleston in South Carolina
38. 19.3 km (12 miles): That Dam Swim in Alabama
39. 18.8 km (11.7 miles): RiverFest Endurance Swim in Oregon
40. 17.7 km (11 miles): Portland Bridge Swim in the Williamette River, Oregon
41. 16.2 km (10 miles): La Jolla Cove Swim Club 10-miler in La Jolla, California
41. 16.2 km (10 miles): Kingdom Swim in Lake Memphremagog, Vermont
41. 16.2 km (10 miles): Deer Creek Open Water Marathon Swim in Charleston, Utah (see photo above)
41. 16.2 km (10 miles): Minnetonka Challenge in Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota
41. 16.2 km (10 miles): Swim The Suck in Tennessee River Gorge, Tennessee
46. 15.4 km (9.6 miles): Maui Channel between the islands of Lanai and Maui in Hawaii
47. 14.9 km (9.3 miles): Kalohi Channel between the islands of Lanai and Molokaʻi in Hawaii
48. 13.5 km (8.4 miles): Pailolo Channel separates the islands of Maui and Molokai in the state of Hawaii
49. 13.1 km (8.2 miles): Pennock Island Challenge around Pennock Island in Alaska
50. 13 km (8.12 miles): Great Salt Lake Marathon Swim in Great Salt Lake in Utah
51. 12.87 km (8 miles): Swim for Freedom in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
51. 12.87 km (8 miles): Boston Light Swim in Boston Harbor, Massachusetts
51. 12.87 km (8 miles): YMCA & MVP Annual Lake Swim in Lake Champlain, Burlington in Vermont
54. 11.2 km (7 miles): Bear Lake Open Water Swim in Bear Lake, Utah
54. 11.2 km (7 miles): Alalakeiki Channel between the islands of Kahoolawe and Maui in Hawaii
56. 10.2 km (6.3 miles): Little Red Lighthouse Swim in the Hudson River, New York
57. 10 km (6.2 miles): San Francisco Bay 10K Bridge to Bridge Swim in San Francisco Bay, California
57. 10 km (6.2 miles): Swim Across America Long Beach in Marine Stadium, Long Beach in California, USA
57. 10 km (6.2 miles): Nike Swim Miami in Miami, Florida
57. 10 km (6.2 miles): Diamond Lake Open Water Challenge in Minnesota
57. 10 km (6.2 miles): Pensacola Three-Mile Bridge Swim in Pensacola, Florida
57. 10 km (6.2 miles): USA Swimming Open Water Swimming Championships in Ft. Myers, Florida
57. 10 km (6.2 miles): Lake Del Valle Open Water Swim in Lake Del Valle, California
57. 10 km (6.2 miles): Fire Island Ocean Swims in New York
57. 10 km (6.2 miles): Sound to Cove Open Water Swim in New York
57. 10 km (6.2 miles): Change Your Latitude in Alaska
57. 10 km (6.2 miles): Swim to the Moon in New York
57. 10 km (6.2 miles): Horsetooth Open Water Swim in Horsetooth Reservoir, Colorado
57. 10 km (6.2 miles): Lake George Open Water Swim in Lake George, New York
57. 10 km (6.2 miles): CAST Classic in Idaho
57. 10 km (6.2 miles): Coney Island Aquarium Triple Dip Swim in Coney Island, New York
57. 10 km (6.2 miles): Flat River Reservoir Champions Challenge in Rhode Island
57. 10 km (6.2 miles): Escape From Skidaway from Georgia
57. 10 km (6.2 miles): Swim Across America in Long Beach, California

The list of global marathon swims is here.

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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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