James Doty

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James Doty was an American open water swimmer and race director who was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Swimmer in 2002. He served on on the IMSHOF Board of Directors until his passing in 2012.

Doty swam across or the length of most New Hampshire lakes and swam on the professional circuit in World Professional Marathon Swimming Association races in Chicago, La Tuque, Chiccoutimi and Rhode Island, and made two English Channel attempts. He established the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Davids-Wheeler Award in 1968, started the Boston Light Swim in 1978, and founded the New England Marathon Swimming Association in 1978 as a charity organization to study water conditions, water safety and promote swimming. He has also completed marathon swims around Cape Ann in Gloucester, Massachusetts in 12 hours 31 minutes, completed the Boston Light Swim 14 times, completed a double Graves Light swim in 11 hours 45 minutes, and completed a double Boston Light Swim in 10 hours.


He is the namesake for the annual Jim Doty Memorial Mile Swim held in Boston Harbor in the state of Massachusetts. There are also two Jim Doty Memorial Clocks posted at the clock tower at the L Street Bathhouse (Curley Community Center) in South Boston, Massachusetts that aim to help open water swimmers training in the harbor know how long they have been out in the water.

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