Swimmers to Circumnavigate Key West June 18 in 12.5-Mile Race
May 10, 2022 • KW Tourist
Looking for a summer open water challenge? Then sign up for the annual College of the Florida Keys Swim Around Key West! This 12.5 mile race takes place in both the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico and is open to solo competitors and relay teams of 2-6 swimmers. You can even swim with fins or a mermaid tail!
The event typically attracts athletes from across the U.S. and abroad, and there are awards in various age categories. The swim is sanctioned by the World Open Water Swimming Association, and the course takes swimmers past some of Key West's most iconic landmarks, including Mallory Square and the Southernmost Point marker.
Each swimmer or team must provide their own support crew and kayak or boat, and there will also be lifeguards and safety boats positioned throughout the course. If the full 12.5 miles sounds like too much, there are also shorter 800-yard, 1-mile, 2-mile, and 10k races taking place in the waters off Smathers Beach.
So whether you're a seasoned open water swimmer or just looking for a fun summer activity, be sure to sign up for the College of the Florida Keys Swim Around Key West! Registration closes on June 17th and you can find more information and sign up at the link below.