International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF) is an affiliate organization to the International Swimming Hall of Fame, established in 1971 (with Inductee Classes named back to 1963) to recognize the marathon swimmers and contributors throughout the world and governed by an international selection committee of marathon swimming experts.
It recognizes the world’s most successful swimmers in competitive races, individuals for their solo swim exploits around the world plus contributors to the sport (administrators, coaches, pilots, organizations, etc.).
It is a non-profit educational sports hall of fame devoted to marathon swimming and is dedicated to promoting the athletes, coaches, administrators, pilots, reporters, volunteers, organizations, race directors and associations affiliated with marathon swimming.
It immortalizes online the achievements and contributions of those who have distinguished themselves in this sport. The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF) is an educational organization and registered non-profit whose mission is to promote the exploits and history of marathon swimming.
The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame website is an online virtual shrine dedicated to the history, memory, and recognition of the accomplished swimmers (Honor Swimmers) and Honor Contributors (Coaches, Administrators, Pilots and Organizations involved in marathon swimming around the world, whose lives and accomplishments serve to inspire, educate, and be role models for all those who participate in the sport.
The Mission of the IMSHOF is to promote the benefits and importance of traditional and competitive marathon swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life, and water safety.
We do this by maintaining a dynamic shrine dedicated to the history and recognition of marathon (open water) swimmers, including persons involved in safety activities of administration, general support, education and environmental awareness throughout the world, whose lives and accomplishments serve to inspire, educate, and to be role models for all.
To nominate, and select on an annual basis, outstanding individuals or groups who qualify under the criteria for selection to the IMSHOF; traditional and competitive marathon swimmers, officials, administrators, support and safety groups and contributors, who help make the sport possible throughout the world.
To establish and maintain a biography of the inductees selected as honorees into the IMSHOF.
To award the Dale Petranech Award for Service to IMSHOF.
To accept nominations and award, on an annual basis, on behalf of the ISHOF, The Irving Davids/Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award.
To accept nominations and award, on an annual basis, on behalf of the ISHOF, The Poseidon Award.
To accept records and memorabilia of nominees, and provide these to the ISHOF Henning Library, archives and the ISHOF Museum on behalf of the IMSHOF.
To conduct, on an annual basis, an IMSHOF Induction and Awards Ceremony for the winners.
To develop and maintain an ISHOF/IMSHOF website to promote and provide up-to-date information via periodic newsletters and external links, to its membership and the world at large regarding the world of Marathon Swimming.