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January 12, 1927

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C~NTs AVALON. SANTA CATALINA ISLAND CALIFORNIA WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12. 1927 VOL. X,V No @ tlundred Fifty Contestants Will Battle for the $40,000 Prize Money Lees, Rules and Regulations, Steamer Schedules, List of Entrants, Personalities ,---.-_____ TEMPERATURE, DISTANCE, ETC., ETC. .l~y Ernest Windle through the water like such has been the ~ard many times at Ava- Past six months. Sat- see how they "plough !" Will not decide the Cata- is the belief of many of and their trainers. Ross, Chaffee and others are but Jordan, Snlli- are as confident lhat q) Ill) more salt water pun- an any other of the en- from their ability to take patiently, cahnly tically, one of these three to finish the race--"If it hollrs.'j Columns of this "W, rigley Edition" of The ader the reader is given mfornlation regarding the eh Was the last day for ill- ag the entry forms for the On Monday there were and Several more were ex- the office of the Santa Ld Company at Wilming- the swim commen- rday. Haa Whirlpools the movements of the that flow in the nel, Captain A1 Holbrook for many years has te sea," stated that the Isn't a bed! It is a ser- down which rush waters l.ernPeratures. These cur- lttte whirlpools and eddies middle of the channel. the water is smooth on ften a great deal of dis- Sanddab and ennen often fail to reach When they put twenty on. The northern cur- Strong at this time of temperature is from 55 While that of the Eng- is about 65 F." On Page 4. Column 2) UNIQUE SWIMMING CONTEST By Oscar C. Reichow Workl wide interest in long distancv swilmning has been stirred up by W'il- lialn Wrigley Jr., in the $40,000 ocean marathon that is scheduled to start next Saturday, January 15, from the Isthmus. Never before in the history of aquatics has an event aronsed more comment than the Catalina Channel swim, and not only will the outcome be watched with keen interest in Cal- ifornia but throughont the worhl. Tiffs is the first tinle in the history of the water sport that a swiln of this character has ever been staged. There have heen long-distance events, hnt none with the features that surrot, nd the Wrigley ocean lnarathon. In channel attempts the efforts have been individually, but in the present case it will be a race of the country's fore- most natators, and it will be a survival of the fittest. (Continued on Page 4, Column 4) WOMEN CONTENDERS WHO ISunshsne Psychology Service) By Ahna Overholt The attempt to switn the Catalina Channel next Saturday in the Wrig- ley Ocean Marathon requires the nth degree of gameness of any participant. The fact that there are 153 contest- ants entered in the swim is a showing of which we may be proud. It proves the mettle of the race of he-men and sttper-wolnen the Ainerican melting pot is turning out. And it is interesting to note that in the great "free for all" entry list there are only sixteen feminine contenders, and that practically all of these are SWIMMERS. This goes to show that when woman enters the field of sport, although she may phmge into mascu- line spheres where angels fear to tread, she also first considers her fit- ness to, win. If she feels that she cannot make a creditable showing for (Continued on Page 12, Colunm I) HOPE TO WIN RACE Crawfish Charley SAYS: "For the Motivationist, the Wrigley Ocean Marathon is of considerable in- terest. One htmdred attd fifty-three of the world's most daring swimmers plan a titanic struggle that may use tap almost every ounce of their physi- cal strength. All of the swimrners are to enter the water excellently trained and full of 'Vim, vigor and vitality.'" CRAWFISH CHARLEY "After the race has commenced, gal- lons of nourishment, such as beef ex- tracts, malted milk, etc., must be fed to the contestants. Did you ever try to eat food and keep on swimming? That, in itself is quite an achieve- lnent !" CRAWFIQH CHARLEY "To battle with the ocean currents and cold water; to struggle on and on, until muscles become benumbed and water-logged, and to master the over- whehning desire to 'quit,' are only a few of the 'highlights' in the Great Ocean Classic." William Wrigley Jr. CRAWFISH CHARLEY "At the end of a gigantic struggle, some of the contestants, who can only swim five or ten miles, may be taken from the water physically shrunken, mentally discouraged attd almost un- conscious. Oh--the bitterness of blasted hope! The agony of suffering and pain !" CRAWFISH CHARLEY "The trainers and physicians of the different men and women in the swim, follow the swimmers in boats fifty feet away. And how these trainers watch closely for the invisible dividing line that indicates in the swimmer a triumphant conservation of energy, or that of defeat and spent energy." CRAWFISH CHARLEY "Yes, sotne of lhe endocrine glands of the daring, nmtivated swimmers are to be taxed to the limit. The State of Mind, containing the hopes, ambi- tions, inspirations and desires to win, is going to call every drop of 'vital- ity' into the bloodstream to keep the heart pumping. It is understood that no swimmer can cross the Catalina (Continued on Page 4, Column 1)