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Saturday, October 19, 2013

4 To Attempt To Join Sub-3 Marathon Club

Four endurance athletes have already registered for the first Sub-32 Marathon Club event held in Hong Kong.

The Sub-32 Marathon Club, also known as Sub-3 Squared Club or Sub-3 x 2 Marathon Club is a group of endurance athletes who have swum a full 10 km marathon swim without a wetsuit, fins or paddles under 3 hours and who have also run a full 42 km marathon run under 3 hours.

Running a sub-3 hour marathon is considered pretty good for the average runner. Swimming a sub-3 hour marathon swim is also considered to be pretty good for the average adult swimmer. Achieving both those two marathons on land and in the water - especially over a weekend - is considerably more challenging.

The 10 km marathon swim can be done in fresh or salt water, but must be correctly measured by GPS and not done downstream in a flowing river. The swim can be done solo or as part of a race. The marathon run can be done in any marathon running event or a solo run documented with GPS.

Matt Paz of Long Beach (shown above) just missed joining the Sub-32 Marathon Club last year when the sub-3 marathon runner just missed the 3-hour mark by 7 minutes in his first 10 km swim in Southern California. "The marathon swim was tough. I went the whole distance without anything. When they told them there was a [floating] feeding station, I just assumed there would be people there with all kinds of stuff to help me. I had no idea we had to bring our own stuff. Which I didn't. But I will get under 3 hours for the next marathon swim."

The Cold Standard is an extreme biathlon (swim-run) competition held in Hong Kong. It is combination of the 15 km Cold Half marathon swim held around Hong Kong Island and the Standard Chartered running marathon, a 42 km run held on February 15th-16th. Doug Woodring explains, "We can still get interested athletes into the Standard Chartered Marathon and of course the ocean has plenty of space for a few more swimmers."

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1 comment:

  1. By Brian Suddeth:

    I go with FINA as the tie breaker. With all due respect to US Masters, their "butterfrog" kick rule doesn't agree with either USA Swimming of FINA. It's not the same stroke. I feel the same way about those who wear wetsuits in openwater swims which adds buoyancy, aids streamlining, and thus cuts down the time. Both of those add an asterisk on the performance for me.

    OWS 6.10 No swimmer shall be permitted to use or wear any device which may be an aid to their speed, endurance or buoyancy. Approved swimsuit, goggles, a maximum of two (2) caps, nose clip and earplugs may be used.

    OWS 6.11 Swimmers shall be allowed to use grease or other such substances providing these are not, in the opinion of the Referee, excessive.

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