Evan Morrison Honored by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

Evan Morrison Honored by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

Ned Denison, chairperson of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, announced the induction of Evan Morrison as an Honor Administrator in the Class of 2022 of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

Morrison co-founded the Marathon Swimmers Federation (marathonswimmers.org), served as president of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association, led several influential initiatives to promote common standards and unified historical records in solo marathon swimming, and co-starred in the documentary film DRIVEN.

Evan created the LongSwims Database (longswims.com), which consolidated solo marathon swimming and race results in a publicly searchable website, cross-linked by swimmers and routes/events. He initiated and co-authored the MSF Rules of Marathon Swimming, which articulated general solo swim rules for waters without a local governing association. He developed a multimedia observer report template that became a de facto standard for documenting self-organized solo marathon swims. He established MSF Documented Swims as a platform for peer review and ratification. And he built track.rs, a web app that enabled real-time, interactive tracking of solo swims and races.

In addition to serving the sport as an administrator and volunteer observer, the Princeton graduate is an accomplished and record setting marathon swimmer: across the Catalina Channel, Santa Barbara Channel, Maui Channel, Tampa Bay, Around Manhattan, and an unprecedented winter Round-Trip Angel Island swim in San Francisco. He set course records for Santa Cruz Island to the California mainland and from Sandy Hook in New Jersey to Manhattan Island in New York City.

He has also been honored by other open water swimming organizations including received the inaugural 2018 MSF Navigator Award for the same achievements as are recognized by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame: for leading the Marathon Swimmers Federation and the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association, and developing the Marathon Swimmers Forum, the MSF Rules of Marathon Swimming, MSF Documented Swims, track.rs, and LongSwimsDB.

He has been honored an unprecedented seven times by the World Open Water Swimming Association for the 2012 WOWSA Offering of the Year for the Marathon Swimmers Forum, the 2013 WOWSA Offering of the Year for DRIVEN, 2013 WOWSA Offering of the Year for the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association, 2014 WOWSA Offering of the Year for MSF Documented Swims, 2015 WOWSA Offering of the Year Nomination for MSF SwimTrack, 2017 WOWSA Offering of the Year for LongSwimsDB, and 2020 WOWSA Man of the Year awards:

2012 WOWSA Offering of the Year Nomination:

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 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

2013 WOWSA Offering of the Year Nomination:

They bankrolled it; they starred in it; they live it. DRIVEN is the documentary film that all marathon swimmers have been waiting for. Nothing captures their imagination more than the purity of swimming in the ocean against the elements. They relish the cold; they welcome the rough; they love the distance. These swimmers are absolutely Driven. Ben Pitterle and Brian Hall spent months filming, interviewing, and observing the lives of 3 marathon swimmers: Evan Morrison, Cherie Edborg, and Fiona Goh. The result is an in-depth, inside, intense view of the world few know, and even fewer live. For the imagery and accuracy of the film, for the effort and funding provided by marathon swimmers themselves, for the drama and inspiration that marathon swimmers create, DRIVEN the documentary film is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

2013 WOWSA Offering of the Year Nomination:

Frequently visible from the mainland, the 8 Channel Islands of California are increasing looming large in the mindset of channel swimmers. Channel swim courses between the mainland and among the islands present possibilities that are capturing the attention of the open water community. While decades younger than other channel governing bodies, the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association is pushing the envelope of what and how channel swimming governance can be. In 2013, its board of directors has instituted a new rules and standards including the elimination of drafting off escort boats, the use of swim caps, and the discarding of disposable cups. For its far-forward vision of a responsible future of the sport, for its growing reach among the channel community, and for its passionate group of volunteers, the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

2014 WOWSA Offering of the Year Nomination:

The open water swimming community is rapidly shifting from paper and pen to laptops and the cloud. The embodiment of this shift is the comprehensively compiled digital Observer Report created by Evan Morrison for the Marathon Swimmers Federation. Version 1.0 documented Craig Lenning’s epic swim from the Farallon Islands to the California mainland and was evident of this tectonic informational shift in the sport. Morrison’s Report included myriad pertinent data while utilizing handheld devices, the cloud, mapping services, and online information that dramatically changes the landscape of reporting open water swims. For his creative use of low cost, relatively easy-to-use technology, for his able demonstration of presenting digital documentation and incorporating videos, photos and GPS tracking into a historical archiving of information, for setting the standard and showing the aquatic community how it can be done, the minutiae-filled Morrison Report by Evan Morrison for the Marathon Swimmers Federation is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

2015 WOWSA Offering of the Year Nomination:

SwimTrack (now called track.rs) is a powerful, easy-to-use and simple-to-understand app that enables people all over the world to following currently-ongoing marathon swims through a web browser in near real-time. SwimTrack brings the global community literally and figuratively closer to marathon and channel swimmers who are plying the waves around the globe. SwimTrack provides significantly better mapping, comprehensive track analytics, and a much more visually dynamic user experience compared to typical GPS trackers. SwimTrack was developed by Evan Morrison and is offered by the Marathon Swimmers Federation. The free app can be embedded for/by swimmers and organizations that wish to use SwimTrack on their own websites. For tying the global open water swimming community closer together, for utilizing various technologies under one interface, and for bringing more excitement and accurate information about swimmers beyond the shoreline without a fee, SwimTrack is a worthy nominee for the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

2017 WOWSA Offering of the Year Nomination:

LongSwimsDB is a powerful, informational, searchable, constantly updated database of marathon and channel swims around the world. Developed by Evan Morrison, verified swims from more than 30,000 swims by over 12,200 swimmers from 115 countries and 158 established marathon course are publicly posted on the Marathon Swimmers Federation. Simple to use, easy to search, the database of individual swimmer profiles and event results is rapidly growing with the help of volunteers and automated data import programs. LongSwimsDB is an authoritative service that ties the global open water swimming community closer together, both across continents and generations. For documenting swims in an authoritative, historical manner, for providing interesting lists of swimmers and their achievements through an elegant computer database searchable on smartphones and laptops, and for its thoroughly simple ease of use, LongSwimsDB is a worthy nominee for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

2020 WOWSA Man of the Year Nomination:

American marathon swimmer Scott Zornig predicted that Evan Morrison would be the most important person in the history of marathon and channel swimming.  His prediction has come to fruition.  Morrison’s influence and, in fact, dominance over the global open water swimming community is not due to his track record as a swimmer, but primarily as one of the co-founders of the Marathon Swimmers Federation.  Over the last 8 years, he has demanded transparency and carefully peer-reviewed documentation in the sport.  This year, as one example of his underlying focus on accuracy, he redefined the distance of the most iconic waterway in the open water swimming world: the English Channel.  For redefining the English Channel distance as determined by the Channel Swimming Association (21 miles) and the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation (33.52 km) to 32.3 km, for maintaining and constantly fine-tuning the LongSwims Database, and for being the globally acknowledged authoritative voice in the marathon swimming community, Evan Morrison of the USA is a worthy nominee for the 2020 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

Swimmer, coach, administrator, visionary, technologist, and promoter: Morrison wears many hats – and will continue to lead the marathon swimming and channel swimming communities for decades to come. As Zornig predicted, Morrison is the most important person in the history of marathon and channel swimming.

For more on Morrison in his own words, visit evanmorrison.org.

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