KEY WEST, Florida Keys, May 15. LONG-distance swimming enthusiasts are to compete in a 12.5-mile open-water swim Saturday, June 14, on a route that circumnavigates the island of Key West
Solo swimmers and relay teams of two to six people, with or without fins, are to compete in the annual Florida Keys Community College Swim Around Key West. Swimmers can check in at 7:30 a.m. and the race is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. at the boat ramp at Smathers Beach, located on the Atlantic Ocean where South Roosevelt Boulevard meets Bertha Street.
The clockwise route around the island takes swimmers through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, ending where they began at Smathers Beach.
The challenge typically attracts athletes from the U.S., Canada and abroad to compete for awards in multiple age categories ranging from 12 and under to 65 and older.
According to event organizer Lori Bosco of Florida Keys Community College, swimmers must provide their own support crews and escort boats, but can’t touch the boats except for teams making relay changes. Lifeguards and kayaks will be positioned throughout the course for safety.
In addition to traversing the waters of the Atlantic and gulf, swimmers are to pass Key West landmarks including the Southernmost Point marker and Mallory Square.
Swimmers must be registered by Friday, June 13, and must check in that day between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the Florida Keys Community College pool.
The entry fee is $100 per solo swimmer, $160 per two-person relay team, $240 per three-person team, $320 per four-person team, $400 per five-person team and $480 per six-person team. Discounts are available for United States Masters Swimming and USA Swimming members.
The Swim Around Key West benefits the Florida Keys Community College swim program, Key West High School swim team and the Keys’ Bone Island Swim Club.
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