The most recent class of inductees to the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame will be honored in Long Beach, California on September 22nd at a formal dinner at the 2012 Global Open Water Swimming Conference.

The multi-national heroes and heroines include:

Larisa Ilchenko (Russia) 2008 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim gold medalist and multi-time world champion
Maarten van der Weijden (Netherlands) 2008 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim gold medalist and leukemia survivor
Sri Chinmoy (India) namesake of numerous endurance races and posthumously inducted as Honour Administrator
Ned Denison (Ireland) accomplished marathon swimmer, administrator and coach
David Parcells (USA) channel swimmer who died during the Tampa Bay Marathon Swim [posthumously inducted as Honour Administrator]
Faros Maratón Swim (Croatia) an Honour Organisation
Irish Long Distance Swimming Association (ILDSA) an Honour Organisation
Marcos Díaz (Dominican Republic) accomplished marathon swimmer and United Nations sports ambassador
Drury Gallagher (USA) founder and administrator of the Manhattan Island Swimming Association

Additionally, Chad Hundeby, English Channel and Catalina Channel record holder, Eleanor Studley Hurd, first woman to swim the Hellespont between Europe and Asia in Turkey in 1929 [posthumously honoured], and Des Renford (Australia), swam the English Channel 19 times from 19 attempts [posthumously honoured] will be recognized with a Certificate of Merit from the International Swimming Hall of Fame for their outstanding careers.

Open Water Source analyzed the exploits of the individuals currently inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and found some interesting facts:

– 70% are men and 30% are women
– 42% of the inductees are affiliated with or have done the English Channel
– 36% of the inductees have done professional marathon races
– 33% of the inductees have completed an unprecedented swim
– 15% of the inductees are race organizers or work in recognized governing bodies
– 9% were Olympians
– 7% are or were authors or reporters of open water swimming
– 4% are or were escort boat pilots

Family ties seem to run deep among the Hall of Fame inductees:
– seven members of the Cavill Family: Fred, Ernest, Charles, Percy, Arthur, Syd and Dick
– father Reg Brickell Sr. and brothers Reg Brickell Jr. and Ray Brickell
– two husband-and-wife teams: Roger Parsons and Valerie Parsons, Ray Scott and Audrey Scott
– twins: Carol Hunt and Sarah Hunt
– father and daughter: Robert Cossette and Christine Cossette
– father and son: Ted Erikson and Jon Erikson
– brother and sister: Sid Cassidy and Marian Cassidy
– mother and daughter: Freda Streeter and Alison Streeter

The inductees represent 33 different countries including – 66 from America
– 46 from Great Britain
– 16 from Canada
– 13 from Australia
– 11 from Argentina
– 9 from the Netherlands
– 7 from Egypt
– 5 from Germany and Spain
– 4 from Italy, Ireland and Russia
– 3 from Hungary, Croatia and India
– 2 each from United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Yugoslavia, France, and Brazil
– 1 each from Cuba, Belgium, Portugal, Bulgaria, Turkey, China, Greece, Denmark, Mexico, Peru, Japan, Dominican Republic and Pakistan.

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