2017 Global Marathon Swimming Awards

The MSF Global Marathon Swimming Awards, now in their sixth year, recognize the most outstanding achievements and contributions in solo marathon swimming. The awards are nominated and voted by members of the Marathon Swimmers Forum, the world’s largest independent online community of marathon swimmers.

Solo Swim of the Year

Sarah Thomas

104.6-mile (168.3 km) swim in Lake Champlain (New York/Vermont, USA). Gardiner Island loop from Rouses Point, NY. Independent swim ratified by MSF.

New world distance record.

Documentation

Barra Award for Most Prolific Year

Abigail Fairman

2017 marathon swims: SCAR (all 4 stages), 8 Bridges (all 7 stages), Kingdom Swim Border Buster 25K, Rose Pitonof Swim, Lake George 10K, Bender Memorial Swim, 3 Rivers Marathon Swim, Swim Around Charleston, Bermuda Round-the-Sound.

Photo of Abby with her kayaker for many of these swims, Alex Arévalo.


Stephen Rouch

2017 marathon swims: SCAR (all 4 stages), 8 Bridges (all 7 stages), Chattanooga Swim Festival, Kingdom Swim Border Buster 25K, Swim to the Moon, 3 Rivers Marathon Swim, Swim the Suck.

Photo by Devon Clifford

Streeter Award for Service to Marathon Swimming

Andrew Malinak

For co-founding and leading the Northwest Open Water Swimming Association (2015 to present), and for piloting Sarah Thomas’s world-record Lake Champlain swim in August 2017.

Photo by Cathy Delneo

Yudovin Award for Most Adventurous Swim

Jaimie Monahan

First unassisted swim of the length of Lago Maggiore.

Tenero-Contra, Switzerland to Sesto Calende, Italy. 37 miles (59.6 km) in 24 hours, 2 minutes. Independent swim ratified by MSF.

Documentation


Photo by Arik Thormahlen


Finalists

Solo Swim of the Year

Barra Award for Most Prolific Year

Women

Men

Streeter Award for Service to Marathon Swimming

Yudovin Award for Most Adventurous Swim