A Life And A Legacy Around The Island

A Life And A Legacy Around The Island

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

James Toomey is an American open water swimmer who was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1971 as an Honour Administrator.

Toomey conceived the idea of the 36 km (22.5-mile) Around the Island Swim in Atlantic City, U.S.A. in 1953 and served as its race director until 1964.

He was elected as the first president of the World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation in 1971.

Toomey is shown with Herman Willemse on his right and Mary Kok on his left.

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