Should Craig Lenning be inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame?

lakespraylakespray Senior Member
edited November 2021 in Cheering Section
Craig has become the first man in 47 years to complete a Farallon Island swim, in the five years since he started marathon swimming he has amassed quite the body of work, should he be inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame?

• Completed five seas of the Ocean Seven.
• First American to successfully swim the North Channel
• First male to complete a double crossing of Lake Tahoe under EC rules.
• Member International Ice Swimming Association
• Member 2013 Bering Strait relay (and by all known reports one of strongest and most reliable participants)
• Of course the most recent, the first person in 47 years to complete a Farallon Islands swim.
• Member 24 hour club
• Additionally, Craig has also pioneered several swims in Colorado, first known person to swim the length of Blue Mesa reservoir, 20-miles plus, elevation 7500 ft, also known as the poor man’s Tahoe. He has swum in lakes above timberline at around the 11,000 foot level.

Other attributes Craig brings to our sport include:

• Integrity, transparency, no secrets
• Very Personable
• Mentor, he’s always happy to help out another swimmer
• Huge advocate of the sport!

So International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, I think he should be inducted.



  • loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandCharter Member
    As I understand it from the Conference in Cork, anybody can nominate any person to IMSHOF.

  • ForeverSwimForeverSwim Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaCharter Member
    He's got my vote! I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this honor in the marathon swimming community. Great call @lakespray!
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania U.S.A.

  • FilFil Derby, VTCharter Member
    Great swimmer. Great person. But .... Needs to do a Memphre first. Just Sayin. :-)
  • ssthomasssthomas DenverCharter Mem​ber
    @Fil: I'm working on him! He may be thinking about a Kingdom Swim, at the very least.
  • emkhowleyemkhowley Boston, MACharter Member
    We'd love to see him do the Boston Light next year, too! :-)

    Stop me if you've heard this one...
    A grasshopper walks into a bar...

  • MunatonesMunatones Charter Member
    As has been the case since 1961, anyone can be nominated to the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, a body in which nearly 300 people (including swimmers, coaches, pilots, observers and administrators) have been recognized. Typically, induction in the Hall of Fame was meant to recognize people after their retirement, but several current inductees still either compete in professional marathon races or attempt marathon swims. Nominations are voted upon annually by the board of directors who include Conrad Wennerberg (USA), Chairman Emeritus, Kevin Murphy (Great Britain) – President, Dale Petranech (USA) – Honorary Secretary, Lynn Blouin (Canada) – Area Vice President North America, Silvia Dalotto (Argentina) – Area Vice President South America, Steven Munatones (USA) – Chief Administrator Vice President, Chris Guesdon (Australia) – Programme Vice President, Stéphane Lecatt (France) – Area Vice President Europe, Philip Rush (New Zealand) – Area Vice President Oceania, Wayne Riddin (South Africa), Neville Smith (South Africa) – Co Area Vice Presidents Africa, Yuko Matsuzaki (Japan) – Area Vice President Asia, Richard Broer (Netherlands), David S. Clark (USA), Bob Duenkel (USA), Tim Johnson (USA), Pavel Kuznetsov (Russia), Marcella MacDonald (USA), Peter Van Vooren (Belgium), Michael P. Read (Great Britain), Carol Sing (USA), Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia), Skip Storch (USA), Sid Cassidy (USA), Montserrat Tresserras (Spain), Irene van der Laan (Netherlands), Dee Llewellyn (Great Britain), Ned Denison (Ireland), Forrest Nelson (USA), Alison Streeter MBE (Great Britain), John Kinsella (USA), Patrick Winkler (Brazil), and Paul Asmuth (USA). Chris Guesdon manages the voting process. This year's nominees, not include Craig, have included several escort boat pilots. Once nominated, an individual remains on the ballot. The results of the annual ballot are announced around November each year. The inductees are recognized at the annual Global Open Water Swimming Conference. For more information, visit

    Steven Munatones
    Huntington Beach, California, U.S.A.

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