Tag: Wrigley Ocean Marathon Swim

Race Invitations, Then And Now

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Nowadays, top swimmers are invited to race by event directors via email or mobile devices. But in the previous century, snail mail delivered the good news to athletes. In a letter dated September 16th 1926, Shier Mendelson was personally invited to the 1927 Wrigley Ocean Marathon which read in part,

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Young Helped The Young

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Pioneers who were honored at the 2014 International Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies held on the Isle of Bute in Scotland included Catalina Channel Swimming Federation president Forrest Nelson, president of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation, accepted the awards and honors posthumously given

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George Young Day

87 years ago today, Canadian George Young entered into the annals of open water swimming history. The Toronto teenager was the lone finisher out of 102 swimmers in the 1927 Wrigley Ocean Marathon Swim, a 20.2-mile traverse across the Catalina Channel in 15 hours 44 minutes. "We put a covering of graphite over the grease before I put on my bathing suit to

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