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Friday, September 16, 2016

2016 International Marathon Hall of Fame Induction

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The 2016 International Marathon Hall of Fame Induction Awards Ceremony will be held in San Pedro, California on Friday, November 4th at the San Pedro Doubletree Hotel. A full-service two-course dinner plus complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks will be offered at US$50.00 per ticket.

Tickets for the ceremony can be purchased here.

The International Marathon Hall of Fame hotel discount code is IMS. The IMSHOF has a limited number of hotel rooms for Friday and Saturday. For more information about hotel reservations, visit here.

The Doubletree Hotel in San Pedro, less than 30 minutes from LAX, is often the favored hotel of channel swimmers preparing for a Catalina Channel crossing.

Chris Guesdon, chairman of the IMSHOF [shown on left], says, "Since 1963 aquatics’ peak body, The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, has been recognizing superb marathon swimmers and marathon swimming contributors for seemingly unbelievable feats of swimming endurance, or organization ability from administrators.

On November 4th, we continue that tradition with the latest four inductees to be included on the honor roll — Chloë McCardel of Australia, Tomi Stefanovski of Macedonia, Attila Mányoki of Hungary, and Charlie Gravett of Great Britain.

They join 249 others who have already been recognized since our inception in 1963 and whose names are inscribed on the prestigious honor roll

Guesdon went on the explicitly describe the swimwear that is acceptable for swimmers to wear for consideration for induction in the Hall of Fame. "When completing a biography of a swimming candidate, the swimwear of the proposed nominee used in the events named must comply with the criteria laid down and posted on the IMSHOF website at www.imshof.org.

Specifically, swimmers must wear a single non-porous suit [that must not] retain body heat or aid in buoyancy. [A swim costume] definition [shall be a] one or two piece swimsuit for females and swim briefs for men and shall be of a permeable material not offering thermal protection, buoyancy or protection from the elements and shall be sleeveless and legless. Sleeveless shall mean the costume must not extend beyond the end of the shoulder onto the upper arm. Legless shall mean that the costume may not extend on to the upper leg below the level of the crotch

Guesdon also clarified the IMSHOF regulations regarding drug tests. "The IMSHOF endorses the rules of World Anti-Doping Agency. Therefore, any swimmer who has ever tested positive for a prohibited substance during their career will not be eligible to be considered for induction into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame."

Guesdon encourages everyone in the open water swimming community - athletes, coaches, administrators, event organizers, media representatives, author, and commentators - to nominate a candidate for consideration. "Anyone can nominate a candidate for consideration. Those nominators considering nominating a candidate must provide a thorough marathon swimming biography as well as a compelling reason why your nominee should be inducted into the IMSHOF."

The 52nd annual International Swimming Hall of Fame Honors Weekend will be held on October 28th-30th in America's Top Swim City, Santa Clara, California (see here).

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