Marcos Díaz born January 1975 in the city of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a marathon swimmer, surfer, triathlete and adventure swimmer from the Dominican Republic. He was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honor Swimmer in the Class of 2011. He is a Millennium Development Project ambassador with the United Nations. He started swimming at the age of 6 as a recommendation from his doctor for the treatment of chronic asthma; disease that has affected him from birth. He joined the Club Casa de España of Santo Domingo and was coached by Augusto Garcia.
Open Water Swimming Highlights
- He completed the Swim Across The Continents, a series of marathon swims endorsed by the United Nations.
- He conceived and completed the Un Nado Por Las Costas in his native Dominican Republic.
- He was nominated for the Premio Principe de Asturias (Prince of Asturias Awards) in the Sports category. The Prince of Asturias Awards are a series of annual prizes awarded in Spain by the Prince of Asturias Foundation to individuals, entities or organizations from around the world who make notable achievements in the sciences, humanities, and public affairs.He is the first athlete from the Dominican Republic to be nominated for this award with a total of 19 nominees for the 2011 awards. Past winners of this awards have included the Spanish National futbol team (world champions), Rafael Nadal, Michael Schumacher, Lance Armstrong and Steffi Graf. Only one other open water swimmer was nominated: David Meca from Spain in 2004.
- He was named the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year in 2010.
- He race triathlons, representing his country as member of the National Triathlon Team on the Caribbean Circuit as well as other international races.
- He started with open water swims under 3 km.
- In his first distance swim, he established a national and international record by swimming 52 km non-stop in a 25m pool in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1999 was completed in 15 hours 0 minutes 27 seconds.
- He made two unsuccessful attempts of the English Channel in 2003 including a 10-hour attempt when he was pulled from the water due to hypothermia.
- He completed an assisted 33.5 km English Channel crossing from England to France in 2004 in a wetsuit.
- He completed an assisted 28.8 km two-way crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Morocco to Spain in 2005 in a wetsuit.
- He completed 1st place in the 81 km race in the Bhagirathi River in India in 2006.
- He won the International Crossing of the Toroneos Gulf in Greece in 2004, 2005, and 2006.
- He swam from Boca Chica to Malecón in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 2006.
- He completed a 91.2 km assisted double circumnavigation swim of Manhattan Island with a wetsuit and 2 stops along the way in 2007.
- He was ranked in the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix.
- In 2001, he won the 15 km Clean Half Extreme Marathon Swim in Hong Kong in 2011 and serves as an Ocean Ambassador with Ocean Recovery Alliance.
- In 2009, he won the 15 km Clean Half Extreme Marathon Swim in 3 hours 21 minutes in Hong Kong.
- In 2009, he won the 16 km National Open Water Swimming Championships in 3 hours 48 minutes in Bahía de Samaná, República Dominicana.
- In 2009, he raced in the 34th 16 km Faros Maratón Internacional Long Distance Swimming Championship in Stari Grad, Croatia.
- In 2009, he won the 39th 26 km International Swimming Crossing of the Toroneos Gulf in 6 hours 9 minutes in Halkidiki, Greece
- In 2009, he won the 33rd Annual 20.1 km Swim Around Key West in 4 hours 8 minutes in Key West, Florida, USA.
- In 2009, he finished 9th in the Miami 10K Nike Swim in Miami, Florida, USA.
- In 2008, he won the 19.7 km Rottnest Channel Swim in 4 hours 43 minutes in Perth, Australia.
- In 2007, he finished 11th in the 3.8 km Waikiki Roughwater Swim in 49 minutes 50 seconds in Waikiki, Hawaii, USA.
- In 2007, he completed a 91.8 km double circumnavigation swim around Manhattan Island (Marcos Diaz 2 Xs Manhattan) in 22 hours 14 minutes in New York, USA wearing a wetsuit stopping twice along the way.
- In 2007, he won the 31st Annual 20.1 km Swim Around Key West in Key West, Florida, USA.
- In 2007, he finished 6th in the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix while completing the following races:
- In 2006, he completed the 50 km Un Nado por su Pueblo from Boca Chica Beach to Seaside Walk of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 10 hours 36 minutes.
- In 2006, he won the 63rd 81 km India National Open Water Swimming Competition held in the River Bhagirathi near Bangladesh in 10 hours 34 minutes in Murshibabad, India.
- In 2006, he won the 36th 26 km International Swimming Crossing of the Toroneos Gulf in 6 hours 32 minutes in Halkidiki, Greece.
- In 2006, he won the 30th Annual 20.1 km Swim Around Key West in 3 hours 54 minutes in Key West, Florida, USA.
- In 2005, he won the 15.8 km Maui Channel Swim in 3 hours 24 minutes from Lanai to Maui, Hawaii, USA
- In 2005, he set a record for an assisted 28.8 km two-way crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar, Swim Between Continents in 8 hours 34 minutes from Spain to Morocco to Spain.
- In 2005, he won the 35th 26 km International Swimming Crossing of the Toroneos Gulf in 6 hours 26 minutes in Halkidiki, Greece.
- In 2005, he won the 1st 16 km International Marathon Swim Across Samaná Bay in 3 hours 50 minutes in Samaná, Dominican Republic.
- In 2004, he was the first Dominican participation in the III FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
- In 2004, he completed a 33.5 km assisted crossing of the English Channel in a wetsuit becoming the first Dominican to swim across from England to France in 9 hours 56 minutes.
- In 2004, he won the 34th 26 km International Swimming Crossing of the Toroneos Gulf in 6 hours 29 minutes in Halkidiki, Greece.
- In 2004, he finished 7th in the 45.9 km Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 7 hours 48 minutes in New York, USA.
- In 2004, he finished 2nd in the 38.8 km Tampa Bay Marathon Swim in 9 hours 28 minutes in Tampa, Florida, USA.
- In 2004, he set a national record for the 16 km Swim Across the Samaná Bay in 4 hours 16 minutes in Samaná, Dominican Republic.
- In 2003, he set a national and international record for distance swimming in a 25m pool, 60 km in 14 hours 50 minutes, breaking the established record of 53 km while setting a new record at 50 km.
- In 2002, he finished 33rd overall in the 3.8 km Waikiki Roughwater Swim in 50 minutes 19 seconds in Waikiki, Hawaii, USA.
- In 2002, he finished 3rd in the 38.8 km Tampa Bay Marathon Swim in 9 hours 3 minutes in Tampa, Florida, USA.
- In 2002, he set a record in the 38 km Swim Across the Ocoa Bay in 9 hours 17 minutes in Azua-Baní, Dominican Republic.
- In 1999, he finished 6th in the 3 km open water swim at LatyCar' 99 in Florida, USA.
- In 1999, he finished 2nd in Ken Killian's Ocean Mile Swim 1 nautical mile.
- In 1999, he set a distance swimming record in a 25m pool, 52 km in 15 hours 0 minutes 27 seconds.
Marcos Diaz Foundation
World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men
Greatest Watermen in Open Water Swimming History
1. Zacharias Alexandrakis (Macedonia): Marathon swimming enthusiast, open water swimming promoter, lifeguard, swimming coach and lifesaving leader.
2. Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González (Mexico): Triathlete, ultra-endurance athlete, channel swimmer and author
3. Stathis Avramidis, Ph.D. (Greece): Researcher, swimmer, author, speaker, and lecturer
4. Peter Bales (South Africa): Channel swimmer, marathon swimmer, governing body administrator and escort pilot
5. Vito Bialla (U.S.A.): Extreme relay swimmer, professional sailor, and escort pilot of the Farallon Islands, California
6. Paul Blackbeard (South Africa): World-class pool swimmer, ocean swimmer, and life saver
7. Lord Byron (Great Britain): Poet, author and pioneering sea swimmer
8. Dick Campion (Australia): Olympian, coach, trainer, author, promoter, and professional marathon swimmer
9. Daniel Eulogio Carpio Massioti (Peru): Four-time Olympian, Channel swimmer, professional racer, and solo swimmer
10. Bruckner Chase (U.S.A.): marathon swimmer, ocean advocate, ambassador to the disabled, filmmaker, paddler and surf lifesaver
11. Buster Crabbe (U.S.A.): Olympic champion, ice swimmer, promoter, and movie star of 3 pulp fiction heroes
12. Guy Delage (France): Ocean swimmer, extreme adventurer, diver, submariner, and sailor
13. Marcos Díaz (Dominican Republic): Marathon racer, extreme swimmer, surfer, governing body administrator, and event director
14. Shannon Eckstein (Australia): Ironman lifesaver, paddler, kayaker, surf skier and ocean swimmer
15. Ian Emberson (Kauai, U.S.A.): Channel swimmer, original Ironman triathlete, ocean swimmer, event director, and triathlete
16. George Freeth (Hawai, U.S.A.): Ocean swimmer, surfer, paddler, and lifesaver organizer
17. Alfréd Hajós (Hungary): Olympic champion, professional racer, and architect
18. Trevor Hendy (Australia): Ironman lifesaver, paddler, kayaker, surf skier and ocean swimmer
19. Colin Hill (Great Britain): Ice swimmer, Channel swimmer, television commentator, and event director
20. Craig Hummer (U.S.A.): Competitive swimmer, kayaker, paddler, Ironman lifesaver, and Olympic television commentator
21. Ky Hurst (Australia): Ocean swimmer, two-time Olympian, body surfer extraordinaire, and champion life saver
22. Zhang Jian (China): Marathon swimmer, Channel swimmer, ice swimmer and university sports director
23. Captain Tim Johnson (U.S.A.): Marathon swimmer, author, professor, shark cage designer, analyst, and historian
24. Duke Kahanamoku (Hawaii): Ocean swimmer, Olympic champion, surfing legend and ambassador of aloha
25. Grant Kenny (Australia): Ironman lifesaver, paddler, kayaker, surf skier and ocean swimmer
26. Guy Leech (Australia): Ironman lifesaver, paddler, kayaker, surf skier and ocean swimmer
27. Luiz Eduardo Carneiro da Silva de Souza Lima (Brazil): Two-time Olympian, stand-up paddler, ocean swimming coach, pioneering ocean swimmer and promoter
28. Pádraig Mallon (Ireland): Marathon swimmer, Channel swimmer, ice swimmer, event organizer, promoter and triathlete
29. Vojislav Mijić (Serbia): Marathon swimmer, professional racer, solo pioneer and event organizer
30. Masayuki Moriya (Japan): Coach, channel swimmer, event organizer, clinician, and governing body administrator
31. Keo Nakama (Hawaii/U.S.A.): World champion, world record holder, pioneering ocean swimmer, event organizer and coach
32. Aaron Peirsol (U.S.A.): 7-time Olympic medalist, surfer, lifeguard, coach, and body surfer extraordinaire
33. Lewis Pugh (Great Britain): Channel swimmer, marathon swimmer, ocean advocate, ambassador, author, and speaker
34. Kevin Richards (South Africa): Competitive swimmer, triathlete, surf lifesaver, and coach
35. Philip Rush (New Zealand): Channel swimmer, marathon swimmer, professional racer, escort pilot, channel administrator, and fire fighter
36. Wayne Riddin (South Africa): Competitive swimmer, race director, aquapreneur, coach and promoter
37. Veljko Rogošić (Croatia): Two-time Olympic swimmer, professional racer, solo pioneer, swimming ambassador and marathon swimmer
38. Kenny Rust (Hawaii, U.S.A.): Ocean swimmer, lifeguard, aquapreneur, and event safety official
39. Ori Sela (Israel): Sea swimmer, coach, therapist, pioneer relay swimmer and aquapreneur
40. Borut Strel (Slovenia): Coach, swimmer, clinician, planner and logistic expert
41. Martin Strel (Slovenia): Channel swimmer, marathon swimmer, extreme adventurer, film protagonist, and camp clinician
42. Georgios-Ioannis Tsianos, M.D., Ph.D. (Greece): Research scientist, physician, expedition medic and Channel swimmer
43. Christof Wandratsch (Germany): Channel swimmer, professional racer, solo pioneer, ice swimming record holder and event promoter
44. Captain Matthew Webb (Great Britain): Channel swimmer, extreme adventurer, and professional racer
45. Johnny Weissmuller (U.S.A.): 4-time Olympic champion and movie star with a household name
46. Alick Wickham (Solomon Islands): Ocean swimmer, high diver, body surfing promoter, surfboard shaper, and freestyle ambassador
47. Patrick Winkler (Brazil): Competitive swimmer, ocean swimmer, stand-up paddler, race promoter and publisher of The Swim Channel Magazine
48. Jabez Wolffe (Great Britain): Channel aspirant and coach in the early generations of channel swimming
49. Doug Woodring (Hong Kong/U.S.A.): Marine environment ambassador, ecology advocate, aquapreneur, ocean event director, paddler, diver, and ocean swimmer
50. David Yudovin (U.S.A.): Channel swimmer, marathon swimmer, aquapreneur, benefactor and mariner
- Nadador dominicano de ultradistancia en aguas abiertas, Marcos Díaz es el primer y único nadador que ha unido los cinco continentes del mundo a nado.
- Marcos nació el 12 de enero de 1975 en Santo Domingo y siendo pequeño le diagnosticaron un asma crónica. Con tan solo 6 años le recomendaron la natación como una forma de combatir su condición. El destino quedó trazado. Descubrió a través de este deporte cómo enfrentar las adversidades y superarse a sí mismo. Y encontró en la natación en aguas abiertas la forma de combinar su amor por el mar y su pasión por los deportes de resistencia y larga duración. Marcos dejaría de ser un infante de salud frágil para convertirse en uno de los más destacados deportistas de los últimos tiempos.
- Hombre del Año de la Natación en Aguas Abiertas Internacional 2010, otorgado por la World Open Water Swimming Association durante la Conferencia Global de *Natación en Aguas Abiertas en 2011. Nueva York.
- Embajador de Buena Voluntad del Programa de Desarrollo de la Naciones Unidas (PNUD-RD).
- Orden al Mérito Duarte, Sánchez y Mella (Mayor distinción que se le confiere a un ciudadano en la Republica Dominicana).
- Hombre del año 2006 Republica Dominicana. (Bajo encuesta nacional, Diario Libre)
- Embajador Honorífico de Buena Voluntad de la República Dominicana.
- Hijo ilustre de la ciudad de Santo Domingo.
- Gran Premio Nacional de la Juventud (dos años consecutivos)
- Llaves de la ciudad Santo Domingo Este.
- Reconocimiento por la Cámara de Diputados y por el Senado de la República Dominicana.
- Otros reconocimientos nacionales e internacionales.
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