A Rare Bit of Professional Marathon Swimming History

A Rare Bit of Professional Marathon Swimming History

Ed Keating was an American open water swimmer and swimming instructor from New York City who entered and won the 1927 Lake George Marathon Swim in 18 hours 47 minutes over International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer Ernest Vierkoetter and 140 other competitors from around the world.

He received US$5,000 as the first prize (worth $80,789 today). He also won the 1929 £5000 Marathon swim in Lake Ontario, a 15-mile professional marathon swim and 1929 edition of the Canadian National Exhibition over 325 swimmers (worth $78,967 today).

Not a bad day’s work for a member of the International Professional Swimmers Association that was founded in New York in 1927.

His entry form to the 1927 Lake George Marathon Swim is being auctioned off today on eBay – see here and above.

International Professional Swimmers Association

The International Professional Swimmers Association was an international association organized in 1927 in Manhattan, New York. Its officers included:

Its Board of Governors consisted of:

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