SBCSA announces drug-testing for marathon swims

SBCSA announces drug-testing for marathon swims


Last month, the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association (SBCSA) became the first major channel swimming sanctioning body to prohibit swimmers from intentionally drafting off the escort boat. The SBCSA prides itself on its position at the vanguard of protecting the integrity of marathon swimming.

Today we are excited to announce another major step forward in ridding our sport of cheaters.

Starting with our 2013 swim season, the SBCSA will be collaborating with the World Anti-Doping Agency and its counterparts, the USADA and ENGSO, to carry out random testing for prohibited substances. We expect that our fellow channel swimming governing bodies, the CCSF, CS&PF, and CSA, will soon be following suit.

What does this mean? Very simply: When you arrive on the beach at the end of your swim, exhausted, chafed, and possibly jellyfish-stung — you’d better be ready to pee in a cup. We will have personnel there to greet you as you emerge from the surf and escort you to the nearest toilet. No stopping to chat with friends and well-wishers; no posing for pictures; you must proceed directly to the toilet.

A moderate inconvenience, perhaps – but we hope our swimmers understand it is essential to ensuring fairness and a level playing field in our sport.

In the meantime, please familiarize yourself with the WADA List of Prohibited Substances. In this era of increasingly sophisticated cheating schemes, the “I Didn’t Know” defense will not be tolerated. Ignorance is equivalent to guilt. So let’s please avoid any misunderstandings.

Evan Morrison
Chairman of the Rules Committee
Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association

P.S. — April Fools!

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4 Responses to “SBCSA announces drug-testing for marathon swims”

  1. Sully

    2013-04-01T09:20:38+00:00

    Looks like I’ll be swimming mainland to island from now on.

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  2. mmead

    2013-04-01T09:23:49+00:00

    While I applaud the move to keep the sport clean,I think back to my Channel swims of the past when I was incapable of chatting with friends and family standing on the beach because I was very quickly slipping into hypothermia, and wonder what would have happened if I was being asked to provide a urine sample first before proceeding back to the boat to be attended to.

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  4. IronMike

    2013-04-01T10:46:12+00:00

    Methinks I remember a similar post about a lake Michigan swim a couple April Fools Days ago…

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