Jim Anderson Inducted In Marathon Swimming Hall Of Fame

The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2014. In addition to Melissa Cunningham (Australia), Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.), Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), Jane Katz (U.S.A.) and the Indonesian Swimming Federation, Jim Anderson (U.S.A.) was selected as an Honour Administrator.

Jim Anderson was not only a founding member and race director for the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, but he has also been the organizer of the 7 km Hawaiian Christmas Looong Distance Invitational Rough-H2O Swim since 1980.

A member of Hawaii Swimming Hall of Fame and founder of the Hawaii Channel Swim Association, Anderson was the race director for the first FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships in 2000 when the world's fastest swimmer raced up and down Waikiki Beach in the 5 km, 10 km and 25 km distances. In 1999, he also organized the precursor to those world championships on behalf of FINA as well as the USA Swimming National 25 km Championships.

Over the years, he has organized, observed or directed the 1999 Pan Pacific Open Water Swimming Championships in Melbourne, Australia, the 1991 and 1992 USA Swimming National 10 km Swimming Championships, the 1990 20 km Japan International Long Distance Ekiden Swim in Tokyo Bay, Japan, the 1988 International Swimming Marathon World Championships in 1988, the 1982 33 km Il Mattino Capri-Napoli, the 1983 Bondi Beach Cole Classic, several open water swimming clinics in Hawaii, and the North Shore Swim Series.

He is also the author and publisher of the Hawaii Sports Calendar and serves as a high school water polo referee, a sport he played in Palo Alto and San Jose from 1950 - 1957.

For entry into the 7 km Hawaiian Christmas Looong Distance Invitational Rough-H2O Swim, also known as the 7 km Double Roughwater, visit here. (www.longdistanceswim.com)

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