Early marathon swims: St. Louis “Water Marathon” (1906)

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One of the earliest marathon swim races in the U.S. was a 10-mile contest in the Mississippi River near St. Louis, Missouri in August 1906. Check out this Chicago Tribune clipping – 1 year before the first Boston Light Swim.

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St Louis Globe-Democrat, August 26, 1906. Click to enlarge.