Congrats to my friend Gordon Gridley who broke a record yesterday that has stood for 72 years! Historically, marathon swimming races where held at the Great Salt Lake from the southern tip of Antelope Island to Black Rock beach (just west of the Great Salt Lake Marina). Orson Spencer set the record way back in 1938 with a very respectable time of 3:40:52. Gordon finished the swim yesterday with a time of 3:24:37, setting a new record for the 8.2 mile course.
*UPDATE* Gordon's swim was reported on The Daily News of Open Water Swimming and has been included in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame! Way to go Gordon!
You can read Gordon's first hand account as well as see photos and video from the swim on his blog:
If you are interested in the history of open water swimming in the Great Salt Lake, click here.
If you are interested in participating in an open water competition in the Great Salt Lake next year, visit the Great Salt Lake Open Water Marathon Swim page.
Congrats again to Gordon on an inspiring swim!