As previously defined, a swim route is a predetermined, abstract path between a start location and a finish location, composed of a straight line or series of connected straight-line segments.
Let’s further define a standard swim route as an established, recognized route used by most (or all) attempts of a given swim. A standard route is established either informally, through a history of successful swims along the route; or formally, by a sanctioning organization.
Finally, let’s define a standardized swim as a swim for which a standard route has been established.
Most well-known marathon swims are standardized swims, with standard routes:
- An English Channel swim, by default, covers the straight-line route between Dover and Cap Gris Nez.
- A Catalina Channel swim, by default, covers the straight-line route between Doctor’s Cove/Arrow Point and Point Vicente.
- A Boston Light Swim starts at Little Brewster Island and finishes at the L Street Bathhouse, via a meandering route among several islands in Boston Harbor.
Why does this matter? Consider the following hypothetical:
Perhaps I’m not satisfied with the typical English Channel route — I want to be different and special and do something no one’s ever done before. …