24 Heures La Tuque

From Openwaterpedia
24 Heures La Tuque course in La Tuque in Quebec, Canada
24 Heures La Tuque course in La Tuque in Quebec, Canada
24 Heures La Tuque course in La Tuque in Quebec, Canada
24 Heures La Tuque course in La Tuque in Quebec, Canada
24 Heures La Tuque was the inspiration behind Suzie Dods's 24-Hour Swim Relay in Aquatic Park in San Francisco Bay, California

The 24 Heures La Tuque (or Le Marathon de 24 Heures de La Tuque or the La Tuque 24 Hour Marathon Swim) was a 24-hour 2-person professional marathon swimming relay competition held between 1965 and 1981 in La Tuque in Quebec, Canada. The race was envisioned by Mayor Gaston Fortin of Ville La Tuque at the request of Réjean Lacoursière.

24 Heures La Tuque was a non-stop relay with up to 20 two-person teams that ran from 3 p.m. Saturday to 3 p.m. Sunday. The race was staged in an egg-shaped Lac Louis (Lake Louie) in Quebec. The course was a one-third of a mile plus 11 feet that paralleled the shore so crowds of thousands cheered on the professional marathon swimmers day and night.

Participants

Some of the greatest marathon swimmers of that era competed in the race including John Kinsella, Paul Asmuth, Sandra Bucha, Bill Heiss, Gilles Potvin, James Kegley, Nabil El Shazly, Abdul Latif Abou Heif, and Rejean LaCoursiere.

La Tuque

La Tuque is a city located in north-central Quebec on the Saint-Maurice River, between Trois-Rivières and Chambord. Most results below from Wind, Waves and Sunburn: A Brief History of Marathon Swimming.

Legacy

24 Heures La Tuque inspired the modern-day 24 Hour Swim Relay in SF, organized by Suzie Dods in San Francisco's Aquatic Park.

1965 24 Heures La Tuque Results

1. Herman Willemse and Rejean LaCoursiere 171 laps
2. Abdul Latif Abou Heif and Nabil ElShazly 161 laps
3. Dennis Matuch and Ted Erikson 142 laps
4. Francois Asselin and Gilles Potvin 117 laps
5. G G Jensen - maybe Helge and Maurice Fortier 112 laps
6. Bob Weir (retired) and John Lumgair 108 laps

1966 24 Heures La Tuque Results

1. Herman Willemse and Rejean LaCoursiere 170 laps
2. George Park and Thomas Bucy 167 laps
3. Judith de Nijs (first woman to complete) and Cliff Lumsden 164 laps
4. Padro Galmes and Billy Barton 144 laps
5. Conrad Corbell and Jean Couture 139 laps
6. Dennis Matuch and Ted Erikson 134 laps
7. Gilles Potvin and Roger Piche 117 laps
8. Yvan Daniel and Pierre Bourdon 112 laps
Retired: Giulio Travaglio and others

1967 24 Heures La Tuque Results

1. Horacio Iglesias (86 laps) and Rejean LaCoursiere (83 laps) 169 laps
2. Billy Barton and Harry Wickens 156 laps
3. Conrad Corbell and Klim Savin 153 laps
4. George Park and Real Lavoie 152 laps
5. Ted Erikson and Dennis Matuch 146 laps
6. Pedro Galmez and Roberto Reta 143 laps
7. Margaret Park (76 laps) and Whittle Martell 137 laps
8. Gilles Potvin and Ben Bouchard 123 laps
9. Pierre Bourdon and Ben Demontreuill 110 laps

1968 24 Heures La Tuque Results

1. Horacio Iglesias (86 laps) and Judith de Nijs (80 laps) 166 laps
2. Rejean LaCoursiere and Tom Bucy 163 laps
3. Billy Barton and Harry Wickens 161 laps
4. Abou Heif and Dennis Matuch 161 laps
5. George Park and Real Lavoie 149 laps
6. Pedro Galmez and Roberto Reta 138 laps
7. A. Nomen Sherbini and M. A. Salam Hassaan 132 laps
8. Gilles Potvin and Ben Bouchard 131 laps
9. Benson Huggard and Stephen Ramsden 124 laps
10. Tom Hetzel and Hasan Abdeen 101 laps

1969 24 Heures La Tuque Results

1. Horacio Iglesias and Abdul Latif Abou Heif 165 laps
2. Mahamed Gamie and Johan Schans 162 laps
3. Dennis Matuch and Roberto Reta 145 laps
4. Steve Ramsden and Jorge Lopez 140 laps
5. Conrad Corbell and Yvon Montpetit 135 laps
6. Pedro Galmez and Fausto Ramirez 133 laps
7. Harry Martinen and Fred Bowler 133 laps
8. Farouk Sulliman and Risto Bimbilovski 123 laps
9. Tom Hetzel and Hassan Abdeen 111 laps
10. Michel Poirier and Stella Taylor (female 51 laps) 105 laps
Retired: Gilles Potvin, Rejean LaCoursiere and others

1970 24 Heures La Tuque Results

1. Horacio Iglesias and Johan Schans 179 laps
2. Rejean LaCoursiere and Jan van Scheijndel 165 laps
3. Abou El Enien and Marawan F. Shidid 160 laps
4. Dennis Matuch and Mohamed H. Gamie 157 laps
5. Jon Erikson and MIchjael A. Praesler 156 laps
6. Geoffrey Lake and Yvon Montpetit 151 laps
7. Billy Barton and Bob Duenkel 144 laps
8. Abou Heif and Carlos Aguire 137 laps
9. William Lafferety and Des Renford 127 laps
10. Farouk Sulliman and Hassen Abdeen 120 laps
11. Michel Poirier and Stella Taylor (female 58 laps) 114 laps
12. Tom Hetzel and Benson Huggard 101 laps
Retired: Gilles Potvin and others

1971 24 Heures La Tuque Results

1. Horacio Iglesias and Johan Schans ?? laps
still being researched

1972 July (22nd-23rd) 24 Heures La Tuque Results

1. Johan Schans (Holland, 90 laps) and Horacio Iglesias (Argentina, 89 laps)
2. Jon Erikson (USA, 90 laps) and Raul Villagomez (Argentina, 82 laps)
3. Marwan Shedid (Egypt, 86 laps) and Jan Van Scheyndel (Holland, 84 laps)
4. Dennis Matuch (USA, 83 laps) and Diana Nyad (USA, 83 laps)
5. Carlos Aguirre (Argentina, 82 laps) and Marcello Guiscardo (Argentina, 81 laps)
6. Yvon Monpetit (Canada, 82 laps) and Yves Lavoie (Canada, 77 laps)
7. Mohammed Gamie (Egypt, 78 laps) and Tabii El Enen (Egypt, 77 laps)
8. Mahmoud Khamis (Syria, 82 laps) and Said Masri (Syria, 69 laps)
9. Angel Bernatene (Argentina, 75 laps) and Philip Gollop (England, 72 laps)
10. Sultan Kigab (Sudan, 72 laps) and Naste Jonceski (Yugoslavia, 66 laps)
11. Edward Bennett (Canada, 76 laps) and Hassan Abdeen (Canada, 60 laps)
12. Samia Mandour (Egypt, 68 laps) and Fausto Ramirez (Mexico, 63 laps)
13. Mervyn Sharp (England, 71 laps) and Thomas Hetzel (USA, 56 laps)
14. Michel Poirier (Canada, 66 laps) and Daniel Boyle (Canada, 59 laps)

1973 24 Heures La Tuque Results

Results being researched.

1974 24 Heures La Tuque Results

1. Sandra Bucha (USA, 100 laps) and John Kinsella (USA, 94 laps): 194 laps
2. Johan Schans (Netherlands) and Claudio Plit (Argentina) - 2nd place

1975 24 Heures La Tuque Results

1. Sandra Bucha + John Kinsella: 191 tours
2. Magdy Mandour + Marawan Ghazzawi: 181 tours
3. Maher Saleh + Marwan Saleh: 180 tours
4. Ossama Rashad + Amed Youssef: 177 tours
5. Jennifer Anderson + Richard Campion: 169 tours
6. James Stewart + Baher Hamid: 162 tours
7. Sahar Mansour + Diana Nyad: 161 tours
8. Jacques Fordham + Daniel Piché: 135 tours
9. Yvon Montpetit + Georges Blazy: 133 tours
10. Gilles Potvin + Raymond Cusson: 109 tours
Amateurs: Johanne Thomson + Jocelyn Dufort + Michael Dumond + Jean Boudreault: 180 tours

External links