The 5th Annual MSF Global Marathon Swimming Awards
5th Annual! I did a double-take when I first wrote that, but alas, it's true.
What are the MSF Global Marathon Swimming Awards?
We sometimes promote them as "the only peer-nominated, peer-voted awards for the sport of marathon swimming." Which is true, but possibly beside the point.
Because it's never really been about "awards" anyway, right? At least, not anything tangible. Or "winners," for that matter. Nobody "wins" in solo marathon swimming. They finish, endure, and aqua-peregrinate.
Darren Miller @ForeverSwim graciously donated plaques to the 2012 "winners." And @david_barra has come through with some amazingly useful and beautiful titanium sporks for his namesake award. But for the most part, the Awards are not about "awards," per se.
The MSF Awards are about a global community coming together at the end of the year and saying, "These swims happened; and they were awesome. These are the swims and swimmers we want to remember."
And so we have.
We hope many of you will exercise your right as a Marathon Swimmers Forum member to nominate swims, swimmers, crew members, race directors, and other people who have made a difference in our sport this year -- or to "second" nominations via the "like" button. The process of the MSF Awards is something we value as much as anything else -- that the recognition is organic and community-generated.
Here are the nomination threads: