William Wrigley, Jr.

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William Wrigley, Jr. was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Administrator in 1964.

Wrigley, the American chewing gum magnate, was the founder and sponsor of the first Wrigley Ocean Marathon across the Catalina Channel from Catalina Island to the San Pedro peninsula in January 1927 where he offered a US$25,000 winner-take-all prize. 102 swimmers started the race, but only Canadian George Young finished and claimed the winner’s purse. He also sponsored the 1927 Canadian National Exhibition race in Toronto with a $30,000 purse.

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