Happy Birthday to us ... On July 24 2017 we launched Marathon Swims and today we celebrate our 2nd birthday! Today is a great time to reflect on the past two years...
We launched with no database and no social media following but we were blown away with what was to follow. We sold-out the event in just two months. Marathon Swims 2018 launched soon after and following the success of year one, we knew we had to increase capacity, so the only way to do that was to add a second day - the event was now a weekend!
A BT Sport Industry Award and UK Active Award shortlisting followed. Marathon Swims 2018 was also a sell out, so the next step was to add a second venue. Sandford Parks Lido was the perfect location for a summer event - a stunning Lido in the heart of the beautiful spa town of Cheltenham (the event is this Saturday 27 July 2019).
Our aim with Marathon Swims was to create an engaging, authentic swimming challenge for everyday swimmers. To create the London Marathon of swimming. We knew we had an amazing pool, the Zaha Hadid designed London Aquatics Centre, on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and we needed an event to match its status as the best pool in the world. We've got big plans for the event and we hope you'll continue to support us on our journey.
As we approach our third event (9 and 10 November 2019) we are already planning Marathon Swims 2020 and beyond. We have some exciting plans and ideas, and can't wait to share them with you.
On our special day, we'd like to dedicate a message to those people who have made this all possible - so a massive thank you to all of our participants, supporters, event partners, Race Team, suppliers and charity donors who have helped make Marathon Swims what it is today... and what it will become tomorrow.
By way of a birthday gift (to you) - here's £5 off entry, using the code BIRTHDAY5 - enter here