- 13 Sat Jun 2015
FKCC Swim Around Key West
Swimming enthusiasts can attempt an epic swim around the island of Key West Saturday, June 13, during a 12.5-mile open-water race for individuals and relay teams.
Entrants in the annual Florida Keys Community College Swim Around Key West can register as solo competitors or in teams of two to six swimmers with or without fins. The challenge typically attracts athletes from the U.S., Canada and abroad to vie for awards in age categories ranging from 12 and under to 65 and over.
Sanctioned by the World Open Water Swimming Association, the 2015 swim is to begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Higgs Beach, located at 1000 Atlantic Blvd. on the Atlantic Ocean.
All solo swimmers and teams must check in Friday, June 12, at the Florida Keys Community College pool on campus at 5901 College Rd.
The clockwise route around the island encompasses the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, with swimmers ending where they began at Higgs Beach. The course takes participants past Key West landmarks including the Southernmost Point marker that designates the southernmost spot of land in the continental United States.
Each swimmer must provide a support crew and kayak or boat to accompany them around the island, but can't touch the boat except for teams making relay changes. Lifeguards and kayaks will be positioned throughout the course for safety.
Swimmers who prefer a shorter challenge can participate in 800-yard, 1-mile and 2-mile competitions in the Atlantic waters off Higgs Beach. Following a buoy-marked course, the shorter races are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Swimmers must register by June 12. The entry fee for the 12.5-mile race is $110 per solo swimmer, $180 per two-person relay team, $270 per three-person team, $360 per four-person team, $450 per five-person team and $540 per six-person team. Entry fee for each shorter race is $30 per person. 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.
Event information and registration: www.fkccswimaroundkeywest.com