The 48th Annual Swim Around Key West

When: June 21 - June 22, 2024

Where: Higgs Beach, 1000 Atlantic Blvd, Key West, FL 33040

The 48th Annual Swim Around Key West, scheduled for Saturday, June 22, 2024, is a notable open-water swimming event. Organized by Anna Fugina, it features a challenging 12.5-mile course around Key West, with the start location at Higgs Beach.

Key Highlights:

  • The event is sensitive to tidal and weather conditions, affecting start times annually.
  • Participants will navigate through Key West Harbor and under the Fleming Key Bridge, exploiting tides for advantageous swimming conditions.
  • Categories include Solo (150 slots), 2-person (10 slots), and 3-person relay teams (10 slots).

Important Information for Swimmers:

  • Swimmers must arrange for their own support kayakers, with contacts provided for assistance in finding a kayaker.
  • Kayak rental options are available, with details on companies and contacts provided.
  • Once a category is full, no waiting list is available.
  • A strict no refund policy applies to both cancellations by participants and event cancellation.
  • Registration deadline: April 24, 2024.

The event, which begins with registration and a mandatory pre-race meeting on June 21, concludes with post-race awards and a raffle on the beach at 4:00 p.m. on June 22. The Swim Around Key West dedicates its profits to the Lighthouse Runaway Shelter, demonstrating a commitment to community support. This event presents a unique challenge for swimmers, combining the thrill of open-water swimming with the beauty of the Key West surroundings.