MSF t-shirt slogan survey + contest

evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
edited July 6 in General Discussion

It would be cool to launch another round of MSF t-shirts & swag sometime soon.

I collected a bunch of potential slogans from the "Everyone thinks we're crazy" thread and put them in a Google survey. Here's the link:

If you don't want a slogan on the t-shirt (or don't like any of the options), choose "Prefer no slogan to any of these."

If you have a good slogan idea for the next round, enter it in Question #2.




  • swimmer25kswimmer25k Charter Member


    The link gave me some trouble on adding my own slogan, so I'll leave it here. Here you go:

    "Si quid acturus es stultus, vos have ut esse lenta."

    The Latin translation from title of Roger Allen Wade's song "If you're gonna be dumb; you've gotta be tough." Check out the lyrics on iTunes and it'll be clear.

  • swimmer25kswimmer25k Charter Member

    Here are some modified ones from the list:

    "One stroke after another, til beyond the horizon I am."

    "No lanes, no walls, no wetsuits, no problem."

    "I swam 40,000 strokes for 12 hours and all I got was this lousy t-shirt."

  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member

    There were 3 choices I liked. Can we vote more than once? I know it is possible to vote more than once, but should we?

  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member

    FWIW, my proposal for a future saying was: "No, i don't want to talk about Nyad."

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  • JSwimJSwim western Maryland, USMember

    IronMike said: FWIW, my proposal for a future saying was: "No, i don't want to talk about Nyad."

    No, I don't want to discuss Marathon Swimming's "Lance Armstrong".


    Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. --Neale Donald Walsch

  • curlycurly Issaquah, WAMember

    Chatting with neighbors yesterday about distance swimming. DN came up. They said she was the only long distance swimmer that they had ever heard of. In a sport that is attractive to self motivated, non-publicity seeking individuals, it's going to be tough to overcome the efforts of a self promoter such as DN. For my part, I try to politely inform. It's kind of funny when I'm with my wife and someone brings up DN. Poor wife now just rolls her eyes.

    I know the slogan about not talking about DN was meant in humor, but the less said about her, the better. I haven't decided which slogan I like the best, but I'm going to lean toward the most positive and affirmative thought. I like the idea that there is always a new horizon to conquer. No matter how far one swims, there will always be a new distance to challenge you. The possibilities are limitless. Probably no other sport can offer such a broad playing field as marathon swimming. I haven't figured out how to make a t-shirt slogan out of that thought though...

  • loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandAdmin

    MSF was not formed in response to Nyad. It existed before she cheated. You'd think at times reading here we were in-fucking-capable of thinking about anything else and I can see how it makes us look like crazy assholes. I have never once thought about Nyad while I was swimming so the idea of associating MSF with her as something I'd want to wear is a ludicrous idea as far as I'm concerned and I don't give a fuck who thinks otherwise.

    dpm50timsrootrosemarymintcurlygregoc The World's Most Popular Open Water Swimming Blog

  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin

    Good to hear from you, Donal!

  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member
    edited July 4

    It's fine to say you managed to never think of her. Congrats to you. It's harder when every person who reads "marathon swimmers federation" on your shirt then wants to tell you all about this awesome Ted Talk they saw...

    Regardless, it was meant as a joke. I daren't stain the good name of MSF with any more humorous humourous offerings for the back of the next t-shirt.

  • dpm50dpm50 PA, U.S.Senior Member

    Voted and threw in another suggestion (from my brother's comment about my first Cross Bay Swim... "You know, you COULD just take the ferry." He's a dear, really, and in fact seriously is a big supporter, even though he says I'm a bit a good way.)

    My slogan: No ferry ticket? No problem!

  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin

    @IronMike said: Regardless, it was meant as a joke. I daren't stain the good name of MSF with any more humorous humourous offerings for the back of the next t-shirt.

    It was taken as humor, and it's fine. No harm done. I do think a co-branded shirt with @danslos's site would be kind of hilarious. If our co-founder wants to talk about something else, he's welcome to start participating in the Forum.

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  • danslosdanslos Los Angeles, CAMember

    @evmo How about something along the lines of:

    More Inspiring Quotes from Diana Nyad

    "I was the first woman to swim around Manhattan"
    "I was not the first woman to swim around Manhattan"
            "I never touched a boat or another person"
            "I was touched."
    "And then it came, the Olympic Trials...I was walking down that pool deck."
    "I was not an Olympic caliber swimmer."
            "I swam all the way from Cuba to Florida."

    Needs work, but you probably get the idea.

  • rlmrlm Member

    Actually, "I was touched" resonates nicely!!!

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  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited July 6


    The winner, with 23% of the vote: No lanes, no walls, no wetsuits.

    Remarkably, all 12 options got at least one vote. Here are the top 10:

    Slogan Vote %
    No lanes, no walls, no wetsuits 23
    Prefer no slogan 12
    Swimsuit, cap, goggles. Just add water 11
    Farther... colder... rougher 10
    One stroke after another, 'til I reach the other side 10
    The lunatic fringe of the lunatic fringe 9
    Have goggles, will travel 7
    Everyone thinks we're crazy 6
    That's not fat, it's bioprene 6
    You fly, I'll swim 4

    13 additional slogan ideas were submitted:

    • Underwater nobody can hear you scream (kidding, but it sounds badass)
    • Swimmers don't quit and quitters don't swim
    • Just swim until something happens
    • ONLY Swimsuit, cap, goggles. Just add water.
    • Going far in the water..
    • It takes a lot of strokes to get to a happy ending!
    • Over Do It.
    • Marathon swimmers go for hours.
    • Long and Cold, But Not Alone
    • No, I don't want to talk about Nyad
    • Going for a swim, be back tomorrow
    • If it's liquid, it's too warm for a wetsuit.
    • No ferry ticket? No problem!

    Thank you to everyone who voted! Stay tuned for the next round of swag...

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