International Marathon Class of 2023 Inductions and Awards only two weeks away ~ New York City May 6th, 2023

Amazing view of the Statue of Liberty, Skyline, One World Trade Center.

Tickets sold out..check later for 2024 Ceremony – 125 expected

All attendees must show proof of ID and COVID vaccination (and booster when applicable)

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Fordham University / Manhattan Campus

113 West 60th Street (corner of Columbus Avenue) New York, NY 10023.  

Registration/happy hour 5:30-6:30

Call to dinner 6:45, Salad 7:00, Dessert 7:45, Program 8:00. 

Dress code: Business casual or better:  men in dress shirt, jacket, slacks (not jeans) and dress shoes – ladies always know!  See pictures from this previous ceremony 

Saturday morning 10am (Brighton Beach) swim – see below:  up to 10 km swim with CIBBOWS (historic water temperatures – 13C/56F) – full details later

Inductees and Award Winners:

Diane Struble:  Honor Swimmer

Brenda Fisher, BEM:  Honor Swimmer

Kevin Murphy:  Poseidon Award

Australian Long Distance Swimming Federation:  Honor Organizatio

Rita Kovács:  Honor Swimmer

Jaime Lomelín Gavaldón:  Honor Swimmer

Sally Anne Minty-Gravett, MBE:  Irving Davids and Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Awa

Colleen Blair, MBE: Honor Swimmer 

David Yudovin:  The Dale Petranech Award

Keywords >

International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame IMSHOF Open water swimmer Long distance swim Honor Honoree Inductee Induction ceremony award 10k FINA association federation webb Ederle Sarah Thomas English Channel

Saturday Morning Swim

Please join NYC’s group of joyful year-round swimmers at Brighton Beach on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at 10 am.  This is a public beach that is used year-round. The official beach season will not have started yet, and as such there will be no lifeguards. We trust you to use your own discretion and adjust your swim accordingly. 

For up-to-date conditions, please reference We are a bare-bones group. Don’t bring valuables (or passports) on the beach–there are no lockers. Everybody helps keep an eye on everyone else’s stuff.  There are no showers or indoor spaces – we change on the beach. Locals will bring what they can to assist those who are lacking in their kit (warm water, extra towels, pastries ~ the most important recovery method, etc.). We look forward to seeing you there. 

 We gather at Grimaldo’s chair (see directions below). 

Here is a basic distance chart for those who want to plan ahead:

Swim Distances

For an interactive map check out Google Maps. You can also see a single 3mi swim loop (Grimaldo’s Chair to the “White” Building (it’s now red), then to the Coney Island Pier, then back to Grimaldo’s Chair) with this Gmap Pedometer Course. Here are some swim distances, parallel to the shoreline approximately 100 yards out, past the jetties.


Grimaldo’s ChairSmall rocks (West of Grimaldo)416382

Grimaldo’s ChairLarge rocks (West of Grimaldo)619566

Grimaldo’s Chair“White” Building (Now Red)824753

Grimaldo’s ChairCyclone1,4801,287

Grimaldo’s ChairConey Island Pier1,9561,789

White BuildingConey Island Pier2,7792,541

Coney Island PierSeagate1,7031,557

West 22nd St.Next set of rocks (either direction)200183

West 22nd St.Coney Island Pier503460

Ex-White Building (Now Red)Seagate4,4824,098

Rocks (East of Grimaldo)Small Rocks (West of Grimaldo)776710

Rocks (East of Grimaldo)Large Rocks (West of Grimaldo)959877

Ex-White Building (Now Red)Large Rocks (West of Grimaldo)1,4431,319

Grimaldo’s Chair is easily accessible by public transportation.

By subway (get on train by 8:45 am latest) from Manhattan and Brooklyn

  • Take Q train to Brighton Beach stop
  • For Grimaldo’s Chair, exit station onto Brighton Beach Ave and take 6th St to boardwalk
  • Walk south on boardwalk past Cafe Volna to the concrete gazebo
  • Swimmers meet behind Grimaldo’s chair, which is located on the beach beyond the gazebo

By car from Manhattan and Brooklyn

  • Take Exit 2-Battery Tunnel toward I-78 & Brooklyn
  • Merge onto I-478 East
  • I-478 East becomes Brooklyn Queens Expressway
  • Merge onto Belt Parkway E via exit on left
  • Take Exit 8 to Coney Island Avenue
  • Go Straight to Shore Parkway
  • Turn right into Brighton 6th Street
  • Turn Left onto Brighton Beach Avenue


If you plan to drive in, street parking and a municipal lot (Brighton 4th St & Brightwater Ct) are available. The Municipal parking lot is free on Sundays.

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