Evan Morrison is an American marathon swimmer from San Francisco, California. He is the owner and co-founder of the Marathon Swimmers Federation (MSF) and Marathon Swimmers Forum, a co-author of the MSF Rules of Marathon Swimming, the author of 'Farther, Colder, Rougher', a board member of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association, and a selection committee member for the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim.
Morrison's record-setting swim from Santa Cruz Island to the California mainland is featured in the documentary film DRIVEN. He was also prominently involved in the debunking of Diana Nyad's purported swim from Cuba to Florida in September 2013.
Morrison swims with the South End Rowing Club in San Francisco.
Morrison's solo marathon swims include:
- Swim the Suck - October 2010, 10 miles in 3:07 (runner-up)
- Tampa Bay Marathon Swim - April 2011, 24 miles in 8:59 (winner)
- Manhattan Island Marathon Swim - June 2011, 28.5 miles in 7:34 (3rd)
- Catalina Channel - August 2011, 20 miles in 8:55
- Ederle Swim - October 2011, 17.5 miles in 5:24 (winner and new course record)
- Maui Channel - September 2012, 9.8 miles in 3:28
- Santa Cruz Island to California mainland - September 2012, 19 miles in 9:47 (new course record)
- Bay to Breakers - Bay Bridge to Ocean Beach - May 2013, 10 miles in 2:12 (winner)
Formerly a backstroke specialist in the pool, Evan swam competitively for Princeton University from 1998-2000.
Marathon Swimmers Federation and Marathon Swimmers Forum
Morrison co-founded the Marathon Swimmers Federation (MSF) in March 2012 with Irish marathon swimmer and Lone Swimmer author Donal Buckley. The first major product of the MSF was the Marathon Swimmers Forum, an online social network for marathon swimmers and aspiring marathon swimmers.
In the aftermath of Diana Nyad's attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida in September 2013, Marathon Swimmers Forum members analyzed the swim and raised questions about its integrity that ultimately became the subject of international news.
In January 2014, the MSF announced the MSF Rules of Marathon Swimming, a global set of guidelines for conducting solo marathon swims in any body of water. Morrison co-authored the MSF Rules, in collaboration with Andrew Malinak, Donal Buckley, and Elaine Howley.
Morrison's swim from Santa Cruz Island to the California mainland, which set a new Santa Barbara Channel record, was featured in the documentary film DRIVEN. The film portrays three swimmers who attempted Santa Barbara Channel swims in 2012, and contrasts their different experiences, motivations, and personalities. The film premiered in Carpinteria, California on October 19, 2013, and showed at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and San Luis Obispo Film Festival in early 2014.
- 'Farther, Colder, Rougher' blog
- Marathon Swimmers Federation
- Marathon Swimmers Forum
- DRIVEN: A glimpse into the world of marathon swimming
- Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association
- Morrison's NYC Swim bio
- Nyad Agonistes: The anatomy of a social media campaign
- Twitter (@pointswim)