Sunday, August 8, 2010

Triple Crown Achievements And Swims Around The World

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame has started to issue Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming Certificates of Merit and place each person's record of achievement in the Hall of Fame's archives. "They look stunning," says Hall of Fame inductee Ned Denison. "I received one in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame blue binder."

"When people do the Triple Crown, they are in a very special club...only 101 people in history have earned this recognition," explains Steven Munatones, Vice President of the Hall Fame. "The fee is US$50 which is a donation to help offset running the Federation. If swimmers are interested in receiving their Certificate of Merit, they can contact Dale Petranech, the IMSHOF secretary and inductee in both the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the International Swimming Hall of Fame at dpetranech@aol.com."

The Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming refers to open water swimming's equivalent of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing and includes three swims as the cherished goal of marathon swimmers:

(1) 21 miles across the English Channel between England and France, (2) 21 miles across the Catalina Channel in Southern California, U.S.A., and (3) the 28.5 miles around Manhattan Island in New York.

But just as the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing can be defined differently, there are alternative definitions for different Triple Crowns in the open water based on one's geographical perspective.

The American Triple Crown is the Catalina Channel, Manhattan Island and the Tampa Bay Marathon Swim.

The Irish Triple Crown is the North Channel, the English Channel and the Catalina Channel.

The Kiwi Triple Crown is the Cook Strait, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Southern California Triple Crown is one of the Santa Barbara Channels, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Northern California Triple Crown is a swim between the Farallones Islands and San Francisco, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Hawaiian Triple Crown is one of the Hawaiian Island Channels (e.g., Molokai Channel), the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Japanese Triple Crown is the Tsugaru Channel, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The African Triple Crown is the Strait of Gibraltar, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Australian Triple Crown is the Rottnest Channel, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Argentinian Triple Crown is the Maratón Internacional Hernandarias – Parana, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Italian Triple Crown is the Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Canadian Triple Crown is the Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

Another Canadian Triple Crown is the Lake Ontario crossing, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The South African Triple Crown is the Cape Town Swim-to-False Bay, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Macedonian Triple Crown is the Ohrid Lake Swimming Marathon, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Greek Triple Crown is the Messinian Gulf Swimming Marathon, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Swiss Triple Crown is the International Self-Transcendence Marathon Swim, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Isle Triple Crown is the Isle of Jersey circumnavigation, the Isle of Man, and the Isle of Wight circumnavigation.

The Russian Triple Crown is the St. Petersburg to Kotlin Island swim, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Florida Triple Crown is the Tampa Bay Marathon Swim, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Dutch Triple Crown is the Ijseelmeerzwemmarathon, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Peruvian Triple Crown is the Travesia En Aguas Abiertas Por la Ruta de Olaya, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Danish Triple Crown is the Beltquerung solo, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Croatian Triple Crown is the Faros Marathon Swim, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Hong Kong Triple Crown is the Clean Half Marathon Swim Solo, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

The Alaskan Triple Crown is the Pennock Island Challenge Solo, the English Channel, and the Catalina Channel.

But the traditional Triple Crown is and will remain the English Channel, the Catalina Channel and the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim as its component swims.

That is over 70 miles of swimming any way you look at it.


Upper photo shows Kevin Murphy, #11 Triple Crowner, and Ned Denison, #65 Triple Crowner, both members of the board of directors of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. Lower photo shows Triple Crown swimmer Nick Adams of Great Britain.

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2 comments:

  1. The photo of Anne Cleveland as a Triple Crowner is incorrect. She has done Catalina & England (a double English Channel) but has never done Manhattan.

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  2. Thank you very much for the correction. Nick Adams' photo replaced that of Anne Cleveland.

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