Sources for information about professional marathon swimming races, 1963 - 1981

Abbreviations:
• SW: Swimming World Magazine
• WPMSF: World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation
• WWS: Wind, Waves and Sunburn, by Conrad Wennerberg

Most of these links come from two spreadsheets that I posted in October, 2019: WPMSF Race Results by Year and WPMSF Race Results by Race.

 

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Chicago  -  Hamilton  -  Lac St-Jean  -  Lake Ohrid  -  Nile/Suez/Aswan  -   Saguenay  -  La Tuque  -  Utrecht  -  other

 

Chicago
1970 No Race SW, July 1971            
1971 No Race SW, June 1972 WPMSF press release
1972 No Race In his June 1972 Professional Marathon Swimming column in Swimming World, Joe Grossman joyfully announces that the race is on... ...but then it's not: SW, Sep 1972
1973 Results / Roster / Bucha splits Roster (cleaner version) SW, Oct 1973 / WPMSF #21 Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune (focus on Nyad) Chicago News Photos of Bucha, Schans, Nyad Chicago Tribune (pre-race w/roster)
1974 Flyer (courtesy of Daniel Couto) official results: ver. 1 / ver. 2 rosters / results chart Chicago Today Daily News Chicago Tribune - Kinsella wins... Chicago Tribune - partial results WPMSF #24
1975 Results Roster Chicago Tribune article (unknown source)
1976 No race Progres-Dimanche: "Un autre marathon disparaît" / "Another Marathon Disappears"
1977 Results / Roster      
1978 Results Chicago Tribune
(Kinsella calls Nyad a phony)
 
??? Roster (circa 1980)    

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Hamilton (ON, Canada)
1966 Results Poster: lo-res med-res hi-res      
1967 Results Results / roster / articles          
1968 Roster / results Roster          
1969 Program / roster / article Article / results / letter          
1970 Results (complete) Results (partial) Roster WPMSF Bulletin #16 SW Sep 1970 Official Program Toronto Globe & Mail
L'Action Le Soleil Ft. Lauderdale News Miami Herald Star-Gazette A History of Marathon Swimming Hamilton Spectator (pre)
misc. 1965-1970 results            

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Lac St-Jean
1970 official results La Presse Le Soleil WPMSF #16  
1971 official results WPMSF #18 Le Soleil (pre) Le Devoir (pre) La Tribune
1972 WOWSA WPMSF #20 Le Nouvelliste Le Presse
1973 official results WPMSF #21 Le Presse Le Presse Le Soleil
1974 official results WPMSF #24
1975 official results La Presse WPMSF #28 Chicago Tribune Le Soleil (pre)
1976 Le Nouvelliste (pre)        

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Lake Ohrid (Macedonia)
1963 Long Beach Press Telegram (calendar item)    
1965 Evening Sun
(Judith de Nijs wins overall)
Corpus Christi Times Orlando Sentinal Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant Clarion-Ledger
1966 Detroit Free Press        

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Laval
1974 official results The Gazette Chicago Tribune WPMSF #24
1975 Le Nouvelliste La Presse-1 La Presse-2 La Presse-complete La Tribune Le Devoir WPMSF #28

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Nile - Suez - Aswan
1965 De Volskrant Dagblad de Stem De Vrije Zeeuw
1968 Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant
1971 SW, July 1971
1971 WPMSF #18 (Aswan)
1972 WPMSF #20 Press Release
1974 SW, Jun 1974 WPMSF #24 LA Times
1974 results (Suez)    
1975 Results (via Abilio Couto) also here  

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Saguenay
1970 WPMSF #16 Le Soleil (pre) Le Soleil (pre) Le Devoir / translation of last four paragraphs (Nyad drops out)
1971 Le Soleil La Presse SW Sep 1971 WPMSF #18 Le Devoir
1972 WPMSF #20 Le Devoir Le Soleil
1973 Le Soleil (pre) L'Action Québec / translation
1974 La Presse WPMSF #24
1975 WPMSF #28
1976 Progres-Dimanche (pre)

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La Tuque
1965 WWS Le Nouvelliste The Gazette Le Soleil L'Action La Presse    
1966 WWS Le Nouvelliste L'Echo          
1967 WWS Le Presse Le Devoir          
1968 WWS La Seigneurie The Gazette          
1969 WWS Le Nouvelliste The Gazette          
1970 WWS Le Nouvelliste Le Nouvelliste Le Soleil SW WPMSF #16 Le Presse  
1971 WWS Le Nouvelliste / translation The Gazette Le Nouvelliste
(more photos)
WPMSF #18 Le Nouvelliste (pre)    
1972 WWS Le Nouvelliste WPMSF #20 Le Soleil Le Presse      
1973 Le Soleil Le Nouvelliste Le Soleil SW La Presse
(pre-race)
WPMSF #21    
1974 Québec à propos Le Nouvelliste Le Nouvelliste
(pre-race)
Sports Illustrated        
1975 Le Nouvelliste (pre-race) Le Nouvelliste La Presse WPMSF #28        
1976 Canceled due to Olympics Progres-Dimanche (5/16) Progres-Dimanche (10/17)          
1977 Progres-Dimanche Le Nouvelliste: pp. 1 -- 2 -- 3 Le Nouvelliste (pre) Article about Lorreen Passfield Le Soleil La Presse    
1978 La Presse Le Nouvelliste            
1979 Slowdown / Protest Le Soleil Le Nouvelliste       Lots of 1980 articles because of concurrent Olympic boycott.
1980 Chicago Tribune (pre-race) Le Nouvelliste (pre) Le Nouvelliste (pre) La Presse Le Nouvelliste Le Soleil La Presse Le Nouvelliste / translation
1981 Le Nouvelliste / translation Le Nouvelliste
(24 hrs becomes 24 km)
Pre:
Le Nouvelliste
Le Nouvelliste
Le Nouvelliste
La Presse
Post:
Le Soleil
La Presse
Le Devoir
Le Nouvelliste
article about
the end of
La Tuque??
Le Nouvelliste Lots of 1981 articles because of race format change.
misc. results list:
1965-1967
results list:
1968-1969
article about reviving race in Sherbrooke          

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Utrecht (Holland)
1970 WPMSF
De Telegraaf De Volkskrant De Waarheid Leidse Courant Neiwe Leidse

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• Other
1964
Lake Ontario: Ottawa Citizen Atlantic City/Absecon: The Gazette
1966 Bassin Louise: Le Soleil
Trois Rivières (pre-race): Le Nouvelliste
1968 Lac des Régates: La Presse (pre) / La Presse
1971 Guaymas: flyer  
1980 Memphrémagog: The Record  
1981 Memphrémagog: La Tribune / La Tribune  

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