Wrigley Ocean Marathon
From OpenwaterpediaWrigley Ocean Marathon Swim was a cross Catalina Channel competition held on 15 January 1927, sponsored by William Wrigley, Jr. who owned the Santa Catalina Island Company in order to promote the island.
Young later recalled, "We put a covering of graphite over the grease before I put on my bathing suit to help keep out the cold... I had taken off my bathing suit when I was two and one half miles from Catalina, and I forgot that grease and graphite were my only covering as I rose out of the water."
Two women, Margaret Hauser of Long Beach, California and Martha Stager of Portland, Oregon, were awarded prize money, despite not completing the race. Only a mile from the finish line, Hauser was pulled from the water by her husband/trainer after 19 hours and 26 minutes, making her the contestant who lasted the longest. They received US$2,500 for their efforts.
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