Long-distance swimming enthusiasts are to compete in the annual Florida Keys Community College 12.5-mile open-water Swim Around Key West on Saturday, June 14, on a route that circumnavigates the island
The event is for solo swimmers and relay teams of two to six people, with or without fins. Swimmers can check in at 7:30 a.m. with the race to begin at 8:30 a.m. at the boat ramp at Smathers Beach.
The clockwise route takes swimmers through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, ending where they began at Smathers. 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.
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.
For more information and to register, see www.fkccswimaroundkeywest.com.