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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 Agenda


Friday, 19 September

5:30

PM


Welcome Reception at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

Documentary films shown throughout the reception:

Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa – Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
(film by Bruckner Chase)

Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain
(film by Wayne Ewing about Matthew Moseley's Lake Pontchartrain crossing)

Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska
(film by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko about the relay between Russia and Alaska)

The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau
(film about Simon Holiday's Pearl River Delta crossing)


Saturday, 20 September

9:00

AM


Registration and Coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

10:00

AM


Keynote Speech:
Colleen Blair (Scotland) on The History of Scottish Swimming

10:20

AM


Christopher Guesdon (Australia) on Multidimensional Roles In The Sport

10:30

AM


Colin Hill (England) on Recent Explosion in UK Open Water

10:50

AM


Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) on The Feminine Code of Achievement - How a Lady from Down Under Revolutionized Professional Marathon Swimming

11:10

AM


Simon Murie (England) on Open Water Swimming Holidays: How A New Sector Was Created Within The Travel Industry

11:30

AM


Swimming The Oceans Seven
A round table discussion moderated by:
Kevin Murphy (England), with Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden),
Darren Miller (USA), Adam Walker (England), Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand)

12:30

PM


Coffee and Break

1:00

PM


World Open Water Swimming Awards Luncheon:
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA)

Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year

Olga Kozydub (Russia), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year

Bering Strait Swim, 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

Honoring: Vladimir Chegorin, Maria Chizhova, Elena Guseva, Ram Barkai, Jack Bright, Oksana Veklich, Aleksandr Jakovlevs, Matías Ola, Henri Kaarma, Toomas Haggi, Nuala Moore, Anne Marie Ward, Toks Viviers, Melissa O’Reilly, Ryan Stramrood, Cristian Vergara, Craig Lenning, Rafal Ziobro, Andrew Chin, Jackie Cobell, James Pittar, Paolo Chiarino, Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen, Ivan Papulshenko, Zdenek Tlamicha, Zhou Hanming, Oleg Adamov, Andrei Agarkov, Alekseev Semen, Tatiana Alexandrova, Roman Belan, Elena Semenova, Alexander Brylin, Afanasii Diackovskii, Vladimir Nefatov, Evgenii Dokuchaev, Oleg Docuckaev, Roman Efimov, Dmitrii Filitovich, Olga Filitovich, Victor Godlevskiy, Olga Golubeva, Alexei Golubkin, Alexander Golubkin, Alexandr Iurkov, Oleg Ivanov, Pavel Kabakov, Eduard Khodakovskiy, Aleksandr Komarov, Aleksandr Kuliapin, Andrey Kuzmin, Irina Lamkina, Vladimir Litvinov, Andrey Mikhalev, Victor Moskvin, Nikolay Petshak, Sergey Popov, Vladimir Poshivailov, Grigorii Prokopchuk, Dmitrii Zalka, Natalia Seraya, Viacheslav Shaposhnikov, Olga Sokolova, Andrei Sychev, Alexei Tabakov, and Nataliia Usachaeva [represented by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko and Nuala Moore]


2:30

PM


Alexey Salmin Pavlovich (Russia) and Dmitry Dragozhilov (Russia)
on the 2016 Winter Swimming World Championships [film]

2:50

PM


Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey) on Motivating Swimmers

3:10

PM


Dmitry Blokhin (Russia) and Aleksei Veller (Russia)
on the First World Ice Swimming Championships [film]

3:30

PM


Matthew Moseley (USA)’s Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain [film]

3:50

PM


Simon Holliday (England) and Doug Woodring (Hong Kong)’s The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau 2014 [film]

5:00

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF)

IMSHOF Induction Ceremonies and Dinner
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA).

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Elizabeth Fry (USA), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • James Anderson (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Dr. Jane Katz (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Indonesian Swimming Federation Open Water Committee (Indonesia), IMSHOF Honour Organisation

  • Melissa Cunningham (Australia), Irving Davids – Captain Roger Wheeler Award by the International Swimming Hall of Fame and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Sandra Bucha (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Jon Erikson (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer [represented by Sandra Bucha]

6:30

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Introduction Video.
Welcome speech by host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

6:45

PM


Dinner

7:30

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
Induction Ceremonies and Dinner with host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Mercedes Gleitze (England)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by daughter Doloranda Pember]

  • Dale Petranech (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Contributer and IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Claudio Plit (Argentina)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Shelley Taylor-Smith]

  • Judith van Berkel-de Nijs (Netherlands)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Niek Kloots]

  • George Young (Canada)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation]

  • David Yudovin (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer


Sunday, 21 September

9:00

AM


Registration and coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

10:00

AM


Nuala Moore (Ireland) on The Mindset of 1000m at 0ºC

10:20

AM


Admiral Konstantin Sidenko (Russia)’s Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska in 2013 [film]

10:40

AM


Ned Denison (Ireland) on Swimming The World

11:00

AM


Bruckner Chase (USA)’s Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa
Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
[film]

11:20

AM


Rok Kerin (Slovenia) on Lifestyle Benefits From Open Water Swimming

12:00

PM


Survey distribution and group photo-taking

2:00

PM


Swim at Stravvana Bay, Isle of Bute






CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE

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."


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