MSF Global Marathon Swimming Awards

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noun - The MSF Global Marathon Swimming Awards are annual recognition awarded by the Marathon Swimmers Federation and voted upon by its membership. The award is the coveted MSF Spork.


  • Solo Swim of the Year recognizes the most outstanding solo, unassisted marathon swim of the year - one by a male, and one by a female.
  • Barra Award honors the most impressive year of marathon swimming by a marathon swimmer.
  • Service to Marathon Swimming Award honors those who have gone most above and beyond in service to the sport of marathon swimming and its participants.
  • Yudovin Award honors the single most adventurous swim of the year and is meant to recognize the spirit of adventure, the most interesting swim, or the most unusual swim.
  • Relay of the Year honors the most outstanding relay swim of the calendar year, but has been discontinued.


Solo Swim of the Year Awards

  • 2012
    • Tina Neill (United States). San Clemente Island to California mainland
    • Trent Grimsey (Australia). New English Channel record
  • 2013
  • 2014
    • Chloё McCardel (Australia). 124.4-km swim from South Eleuthera Island to Nassau, Bahamas.
    • Craig Lenning (United States). Farallon Islands to California mainland.
  • 2015
  • 2016
    • Sarah Thomas (United States). 80-mile swim in Lake Powell (Utah/Arizona).
    • Howard James (Great Britain). Earliest English Channel swim - May 16.

Barra Award for Most Impressive Overall Year

Streeter Award for Service to Marathon Swimming

Yudovin Award for Most Adventurous Swim

  • 2014
    • Peter Hayden (USA). Anacapa Island circumnavigation, return to mainland.
  • 2015
  • 2016

Relay of the Year

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