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raise public and media awareness of its athletes, and
increase the level of interest in marathon swimming among the aquatic and enduranceathletic communities.As the community knows well, open water swimmers face many more weather and watervariables than marathon runners
which makes ranking marathon swimmers much moredifficult.While marathon runs are standardized at 42.195K (26.2 miles), marathon swims are definedas anything over 6.2 miles (10K) in any body of water that can include oceans, lakes, rivers,bays, rowing basins, canals, channels, fjords, lagoons, reservoirs and estuaries. Currents,tidal flows, fluctuating air and water temperatures, marine life, ocean swells, wind speed, winddirection, and swimming at night all have a potential effect on the time and the potentialsuccess of marathon swims.
The World Swimming Majors Calculator
The World Swimming Majors calculator is an online means to determine a swimmer's ranking
and calculates points by weighing and compensating for significant differences betweenmarathon swims.Each swimmer receives more points for doing a faster swim, but only relative to eachparticular swim. Therefore, an English Channel swim in 10 hours is generates more pointsthan an English Channel swim in 15 hours, but the shorter Strait of Gibraltar crossing in 10hours does not generate the same amount of points as in an English Channel swim in 10hours.Also, adjustments for age, water temperature and currents (e.g. in the Manhattan IslandMarathon Swim or Round Jersey Swim) are weighted in the calculations.It is important to note that the calculator does not attempt to take into account the following:
myriad water conditions
number of competitors
appearance of marine life
conditions change during the course of marathon swims, even within each day andhour, and
inaccurate, inconsistent or unavailable data make objective comparisons impossible.
conditions change from swim to swim even on the same course
some factors in open water swimming are difficult to quantify (e.g., the appearance of a