Hello friends, future friends, open water swimmers, readers, Aspirants and marathon swimmers!
For some time Evan Morrison and some others and myself have been discussing global marathon swimming.
Marathon swimming is a tiny but still growing sport. As a group, we wish to see marathon swimming continue to be celebrated and encouraged and confusion with other types of swimming reduced (which intends no disrespect to those swimmers and swims). But Evan and I and many others adhere to 136 year old rules that have derived from Captain Webb‘s first English Channel swim in 1875.
As a step toward fostering and supporting marathon swimming, we’re inviting you to view and hopefully join The Marathon Swimmers Forum at marathonswimmers.org.
We had a “soft” launch last week with a small global invitation list in order to get some people involved before announcing the forum more widely and to test it and see if the idea was valid or potentially valuable, and the thirty-ish people signed up from the invitation list includes some very successful marathon swimmers and also some Aspirants.
The CS&PF Channel email group, Facebook and various Association’s websites and blogs and email lists already play an important global role in communication, education and connection. Marathonswimmers.org is not intended to replace or compete with any of those, or any other medium, but is hoped to promote, help and add to our global community.
It is intended to be open, global and to also allow anonymity.
Evan, (who is a committee member of Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association) has registered the domain and there is no cost and no commercial element. It’s a free forum that we hope will become integral to the global marathon swimming community, both beginners and experienced swimmers. We’d love your participation.
We hope it will be useful for learning AND teaching, advice, sharing information and help, volunteering, making connections, encouragement, trackers, cheering, celebrations and congratulations, and whatever else you’re having yourself.
From beginner to the world’s most famous open water and marathons swimmers, all are welcome.
We dearly hope if this is your area of interest you will drop by and make it yours, (not ours).
Here’s to a marathon swimming world.
Please share this if you wish.
(Follow us on Twitter at @marathon_swimrs)