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​2017 Steven Muñatones


The 2017 Poseidon Award was awarded to Steven Muñatones for his high level achievements.

Steven Muñatones has been a consistent and profoundly influential athlete and contributor in marathon swimming for over 40 years – as a pioneering solo marathoner, professional racer, coach, administrator, organizer, writer, founder, and thought-leader.


In addition to racing on the World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation circuit for two years, Steven completed four first ever, solo epic marathons in Japan: Lake Biwa (42km), Tsugaru Channel two-way (39km), around Yonaguni Island (29km), and the Ishigaki/Iriomote Channel (38km).


Steven’s subsequent contributions to global awareness and interest in marathon swimming are unique and unparalleled. His prodigious coverage through the Daily News of Open Water Swimming has consistently exposed the 1 milers, triathletes and now ice swimmers to marathon swimming events, exploits and heroes. He popularized and marketed the “Triple Crown” branding which has and continues to drive hundreds of goal driven marathoners. Steven invented the “Oceans Seven” branding to provide yet another goal and hugely boost the popularity of the lesser known swims.


He was honored by the International Swimming Hall of Fame with the Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award in 2011 and inducted as an Honor Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF) in 2002 where he also contributed in three key areas since 2010. As the unofficial historian he created the first IMSHOF web site and openwaterpedia.com with incredible biographies of honorees and others. Steven moved the Induction Ceremonies from low key lunches to glittering evening galas. Together these have given the IMSHOF a presence and relevance which continues to grow.


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