Barth was renowned locally before his untimely death due to brain cancer. The personable German was an Olympic swimmer, coach of high school swimmers and water polo players, age-group athletes, masters swimmers, and open water swimmers. He was also an open water swimmer and Hawaiian Ironman triathlete who placed fourth overall in the 1986 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii at the age of 37 with a time of 9 hours 3 minutes, only beaten by the famous trio of Dave Scott, Mark Allen, and Scott Tinley.
He was an inspiration to many open water swimmers and multi-sport athletes as he trained hard as he was coaching and teaching at Long Beach Wilson High School.
His life is celebrated through a variety of events including water polo tournaments, biathlons and Klaustoberfest in Long Beach.
His legacy lives through the Klaus Barth Foundation (Like Like Klaus Foundation), a non-profit foundation that was formed to provide funds for cancer research; education and assistance programs; assistance to those with physical disabilities to pursue an active lifestyle through physical fitness and competitive athletics; and promote educational opportunities for children and young adults.
The Foundation’s goal to continue Barth’s desire to help those battling cancer and support athletes who have physical challenges they must push past in order to meet their competitive goals.
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