A History of Marathon Swimming
A History of Marathon Swimming is a book written by International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator Joe Grossman and edited by Steve Walker and Dale Petranech. Published on 19 July 2017, the 536-page paperback covers the sport of marathon swimming and its participants including swimmers, coaches, trainers, promoters and pilots, from 1875 to 1974.
From Matthew Webb to Gertrude Ederle, from William Wrigley's unprecedented Catalina Channel race in 1927 to solo swims across the Strait of Juan de Fuca, from Billy Butlin's English Channel races to the Canadian National Exhibition events, Grossman captures the history of marathon swimming from the perspective of the fastest, toughest and most prolific athletes at many of the sport's most famous events and bodies of water. His thorough research and interviews provide readers with a glimpse into the minds of marathon swimmers who swam before the advent of GPS or the Internet. The book includes numerous first-hand recollections of swimmers filled with determination and passion on their swims around the world.
Joe Grossman, Author
American Joe Grossman was a tireless promoter and administrator of the World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation (WPMSF) and the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame where he was later inducted in 1979 as an Honour Administrator. Grossman was involved in all aspects of amateur and professional marathon swimming administration, organization and promotion including serving as the Secretary-Treasurer of the World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation beginning in 1963 where he created the WPMSF Constitution.
- Steve Walker is an open water swimmer from San Francisco, California and the author of Where The Crazy People Swim: Outrageous goals, failure, and success.
- Dale Petranech is the former Honorary Secretary and an Honour Administrator of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and an Honor Open Water Contributor of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
2018 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nomination
The book was nominated for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association:
In order to preserve the colorful and rich history of marathon swimming, International Swimming Hall of Fame and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame dual inductee Dale Petranech kept alive his dream of publishing the personal files of World Professional Marathon Swimming Association administrator Joe Grossman. Despite Grossman's passing in 1974, Petranech faithfully maintained a huge stack of his personally typewritten pages for nearly 5 decades. Steve Walker edited the comprehensively compiled hundreds of pages of notes, observations, recollections and data from solo swims and competitions in numerous bodies of water around the globe. For colorfully recapturing and reformatting the incredibly detailed and long-lost slices of aquatic history over 536 pages, for publishing first-person recollections in A History of Marathon Swimming released 43 years after Grossman's death, and for enabling modern-day swimmers to savor an invaluable treasure that describes the achievements of the swimmers, promoters, coaches and pilots from 1875 to 1974 from the English Channel to the Canadian National Exhibition events, the book A History of Marathon Swimming is a worthy nominee for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.
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