Intense. Daunting. Cold. Exhaustion.

Marathon swimming has been described as euphoric misery. And misery sometimes loves company.

Marathon Swimmers Forum created and managed by Evan Morrison and Donal Buckley enables the company of marathon swimmers to share their stories, advice and experiences with like-minded swimmers. The virtual community is growing and has connected and empowered marathon swimmers like never before.

The Marathon Swimmers Forum is among the 20 nominees for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

The new World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year award is meant to identify products and services that (1) best support and assist open water swimmers achieve their goals, (2) are innovative, unique and beneficial to open water swimmers, race directors, coaches or administrators, and (3) have made the most positive impact on the world of open water swimming during the calendar year.

The nominations are meant to recognize some of the best and innovative commercial and free offerings that open water swimmers can enjoy.

Extreme swimmers, disabled swimmers, ice swimmers, marathon swimmers, professional swimmers, administrators, coaches, pilots, and swimmers from all walks of life have used, purchased and benefited from an increasingly number of products and services introduced over the few years.

The nomination of the Marathon Swimmers Forum reads,

The Marathon Swimmers Forum is an online platform that provides an opportunity for marathon swimmers to express their opinions, offer advice, seek education and give encouragement to other like-minded athletes. Its mission is focused and its members are intensely passionate individuals whose common thread is a passion for swimming without wetsuits, without assistance, and without limitations. The well-designed Marathon Swimmers Forum raises issues and asks questions that are expertly moderated by channel swimmers Evan Morrison and Donal Buckley. Humorous, insightful and thought-provoking, the Forum is populated by hundreds of accomplished channel swimmers and experienced marathon swimmers from around the world of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. It is a selfless effort to bring awareness and promote the marathon swimming community and provide support to those who embrace a challenging lifestyle. For their sense of community, for their standards of excellence, for their joy in promoting marathon swimming, the Marathon Swimmers Forum is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.”

The 2012 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year nominees are (listed in alphabetical order):

1. Big River Man by Martin Strel
2. Channel Swimmers’ Chat Group by Nick Adams
3. Cork Distance Week by Ned Denison
4. FINIS SwiMP3 X18 by John Mix
5. Foggle by Karen Smidt-Allard
6. In My Element by Theodore Yach
7. iSwimToo by Stephen Coulter
8. Marathon Swimmers Forum by Evan Morrison & Donal Buckley
9. Midmar Mile Facebook Integration by Wayne Riddin
10. Night Train Swimmers by Vito Bialla
11. Ocean Care Solutions by Ron Adley
12. Open Water Swimming Insurance by Travis England
13. Oceans Seven Project by Red Bull Media House
14. RC Helicam by Andrew Martens
15. SWIM Channel by Patrick Wrinkler
16. SwimIT by Rick Senn
17. SwimPhone by Club Assistant
18. SwimTrek by Simon Murie
19. TakeItLive by Chris Lundie
20. Toa o le Tai Program by Bruckner Chase
21. The Henley Swim by Tom Kean

Online voting will take place here at WOWSA until December 31st.

The Marathon Swimmers Forum, founded by Evan Morrison and Donal Buckley, is a very active online community for marathon swimmers and aspiring marathon swimmers that celebrates and promotes the sport of marathon sw,imming, fosters connections and information-sharing among the global community of marathon swimmers, provides an educational resource for those who aspire to tackle the world’s great bodies of water with only a textile swimsuit, cap, and goggles.

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