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Jim Anderson

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Jim Anderson was inducted as an Honor Administrator of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Class of 2014

James K. Anderson is an American event director of open water swimming competitions and was inducted as an Honor Administrator by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in its Class of 2014. He was a member of the swimming and water polo teams at San Jose State University in California, and Palo Alto High School in California.

Event Organization

  • Anderson is the race founder and event director of the 7 km Hawaiian Christmas Looong Distance Invitational Rough-H2O Swim held in Waikiki Bay on Oahu in Hawaii. This event grew to neatly 1,000 swimmers.
  • Anderson was also the race director for the Waikiki Roughwater Swim in the 1980s and was a founding member of the Waikiki Roughwater Swim Committee. He was an officer and director from 1980-2003 and president from 1987-1996. This event grew to neatly 1,000 swimmers.
  • Anderson organized the first FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships in Honolulu in 2000 where 5 km, 10 km and 25 km races were held.
  • Anderson was the organizer and race director of the pre-world open water swimming championships in 1999 where 1 km, 3 km, 5 km, 10 km and 25 km races were conducted.
  • Anderson was the race director for the USA Swimming 25 km National Open Water Swimming Championships in 1999.
  • Anderson was the USA Observer for the Pan Pacific Open Water Swimming Championships in Australia in 1999 where 5 km and 25 km races were held.
  • Anderson was the race director for the 1991 and 1992 USA Swimming National 10K Open Water Swimming Championships.
  • Anderson coached the USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Team at the Japan International Long Distance Ekiden Swim in 1990, a 4-person 20 km relay across Tokyo Bay.
  • Anderson was the USA representative at the 1988 International Marathon Swimming World Championships (33 km Il Mattino Capri-Napoli) but was unable to attend the event.
  • Anderson was a consultant and director for the 1983 Cole Classic in Bondi Beach in Australia.
  • Anderson organized and conducted the first open ocean swim clinics held in Hawaii and organized and conducted swim clinics that featured Olympic gold medal swimmers as instructors.
  • Anderson was a consultant and Race Director for North Shore Swim Series on Oahu in Hawaii.
  • Anderson was the Founder and President of the Hawaiian Channel Swim Association.
  • Anderson authored and published the Hawaii Sports Calendar.

Honours

Anderson was selected as an Honour Administrator by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in its Class of 2014 and was inducted as a member of the Hawaii Swimming Hall of Fame in 2005. He was an Honorary Director (Promoter) of the Sabac, Serbia FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix event in 2006.

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