Allan McLeland

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Peak and Pond Challenge]]Allan McLeland (born in Charlotte, North Carolina) is an American triathlete, mountaineer, and open water swimmer from Hartsville, South Carolina. As an outdoor distance enthusiast/adventurer, he has competed in triathlons of all distances, enjoys whitewater kayaking, open water swimming, and alpine mountain climbing.

Extreme Sports Career Highlights[edit]

  • He compete in all triathlon distances from sprint to Ironman for 9 years including the Duke Ironman Triathlon in September 2002 in 12 hours 22 minutes.
  • He became the first man from the state of South Carolina to successfully swim across the English Channel in September of 2008.
  • He summited the highest mountain in Europe (Mt. Elbrus, 2010) and the highest in North America (Denali, 2016) and the highest mountain in the world (Mount Everest, 2017).
  • He became the seventh person in history to complete the Peak and Pond Challenge, a solo achievement by individual adventurers to successfully climb Mt. Everest and swim the English Channel.

Professional Career[edit]

Allan McLeland is Chief Human Resources Officer for Sonoco, a US$5 billion global packaging company with approximately 21,000 employees and operations in 34 countries. Prior to his current position, McLeland held progressively more responsible HR leadership roles with the Company in the areas of Organizational Development, Staffing, Employee/Labor Relations and Compensation.

McLeland served in the Army National Guard, including Operation Desert Storm, and has served on numerous boards including the YMCA of the Upper Pee Dee, Florence-Darlington Technical College, Thomas Hart Academy and the Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center Board. He is currently a member of the Riegel & Emory HR Advisory Board at the University of South Carolina and the Coker College Board of Trustees.


McLeland holds a B.A. in psychology, 1989, and an M.B.A., 1993, from the University of South Carolina.

2017 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men[edit]

McLeland was named to the World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men in 2017 (alphabetized by last name) by the World Open Water Swimming Association:

1. Dr. Doron Amosi, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
2. Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González, channel swimmer and endurance athlete from Mexico
3. Cyril Baldock, marathon/channel swimmer from Australia
4. Ram Barkai, administrator, event organizer and ice swimmer from South Africa
5. John Batchelder, butterflying marathon swimmer from USA
6. Nejib Belhedi, marathon/stage/boat pull swimmer from Tunisia
7. Alexander Brylin, channel ice swimmer from Russia
8. Luc Chetboun, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
9. Salvatore Cimmino, amputee advocate and marathon/extreme swimmer from Italy
10. Jean Craven, marathon/extreme swimmer from South Africa
11. Ned Denison, IMSHOF administrator and marathon/ice swimmer from Ireland
12. Craig Dietz, disabled open water swimmer from USA
13. Ben Enosh, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel/USA
14. Udi Erell, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
15. Stephen Junk, channel swimmer from Australia
16. Henri Kaarma, event organizer and ice swimmer from Estonia
17. Ger Kennedy, ice, underwater and extreme swimmer from Ireland
18. Craig Lenning, marathon/channel/ice swimmer from the USA
19. Neil Macaskill, extreme/cross-border swimmer from South Africa
20. Pádraig Mallon, escort pilot, event organizer and marathon/channel/ice swimmer from Ireland
21. Ingemar Patiño Macarine, channel/marathon swimmer from the Philippines
22. Andrew Malinak, administrator and cold water/marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
23. Chris Marthinusen, extreme/high-altitude swimmer from South Africa
24. Patrick McKnight, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
25. Allan McLeland, Peak and Pond swimmer/climber from the USA
26. Darren Miller, channel swimmer and event director from the USA
27. Rohan More, marathon/channel swimmer from India
28. Gullupilli Narhari, extreme relay swimmer from India
29. Matías Ola, event organizer and ice/extreme swimmer from Argentina
30. Kieron Palframan, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
31. James Pittar, blind marathon/channel swimmer from Australia
32. Javier Mérida Prieto, disabled Triple Crown swimmer from Spain
33. Lewis Pugh OIG, ocean advocate and ice/extreme swimmer from the UK
34. Oded Rahav, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
35. Stephen Redmond, channel/marathon swimmer from Ireland
36. Adrian Sarchet, marathon/channel swimmer from Guernsey
37. Ori Sela, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
38. Dan Simonelli, coach/guide/observer and marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
39. Paramvir Singh, extreme relay swimmer from India
40. Albert Sobirov, ice swimmer from Russia
41. Petar Stoychev, marathon/channel/ice/Olympic swimmer from Bulgaria
42. Ryan Stramrood, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
43. Martin Strel, marathon/stage swimmer from Slovenia
44. Dr. Otto Thaning, channel/marathon swimmer from South Africa
45. Jacques Tuset, prison island swimmer from France
46. Toks Viviers, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
47. Adam Walker, coach, event organizer, and channel swimmer from England
48. Christof Wandratsch, event organizer and ice/marathon/channel/professional swimmer from Germany
49. Brenton Williams, event organizer and butterfly ocean swimmer from South Africa
50. Herman van der Westhuizen, extreme high-altitude swimmer from South Africa

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