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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Luminaries At Sri Chinmoy Marathon Swim Rapperswil-Zurich

Courtesy of Ned Denison, International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

In addition to the English Channel, Catalina Channel, Manhattan Island Marathon Swim and the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean, one of the venues where many International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductees have showcased their talents is the annual 26.4 km Sri Chinmoy Marathon Swim Rapperswil-Zurich in Switzerland.

Also known as the International Self-Transcendence Marathon-Schwimmen, International Self-Transcendence Marathon Swim or the Lake Zurich Marathon Swim, the event is one of the world's most popular and well-established marathon swims for solo and relay swimmers that sells out every year with open water swimmers from around the world. The swim was founded by Sri Chinmoy, an Honour Administrator in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, in Switzerland in 1987.

International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame chairman Ned Denison reports, "There are quite a few IMSHOF honorees who swam Lake Zurich, solo or relay: Alison Streeter five times*, Michael Read, Sally Minty-Gravett (fun relay), Nick Adams (relay 2008), Peggy Büchse (1993, relay), Sarah Hunt (1992), and Taranath Narayan Shenoy (1987).

In addition, IMSHOF honoree like Kevin Murphy - for his wife Jane in 2007 - and Freda Streeter for her daughter Alison five times - have served as escort crew members along the course
."

Over the years, many honorees have set records or won their category:

1987: Lyndon Dunsbee won
1987: Bridget Young won
1990: Christof Wandratsch set a record
1993: Mohamed Ahmed Marouf set the overall record 1993: Dr. Chris Stockdale, MBE set the senior record
1994: Susie Maroney, OAM set the women's record
2008: Ned Denison set the senior record
2009: Jacques Tuset won
2011: Anna-Carin Nordin won

Marouf, whose record has stood for a long 24 years, was inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame at an Honor Swimmer this March in the UK and is shown on right with fellow inductee Ned Denison.

* Streeter competed in 1991 finishing in 7 hours 52 minutes, 1992 finishing in 7 hours 27 minutes, 1998 finishing in 7 hours 52 minutes, 2000 finishing in 8 hours 37 minutes, and 2004 finishing in 9 hours 24 minutes.

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