CFK Swim Around Key West
When: June 7 - June 8, 2024
Where: Higgs Beach, 1000 Atlantic Blvd, Key West, FL 33040
The 2024 College of the Florida Keys Swim Around Key West, scheduled for June 8, offers an exhilarating 12.5-mile aquatic journey around Key West. Participants can marvel at the island's stunning landscapes and swim in its crystal-clear waters. This event caters to a wide range of swimmers:
- Solo Challenges: Swimmers can opt for solo categories, including standard swimming, swimming with fins, or using unique gear like mermaid tails or monofins.
- Team Relays: Groups can participate in relays, ranging from 2 to 6 members, fostering teamwork and camaraderie.
- Shorter Races: For those seeking less demanding options, there are shorter races, including distances of 800 yards, 1 mile, 2 miles, and 6.1 miles.
The event kicks off on June 7 with packet pick-up and mermaid-themed activities, providing an opportunity for participants to immerse themselves in a whimsical experience. The main event on June 8 is complemented by smaller open water races, adding variety to the swimming challenges. The following day, June 9, features a USA-sanctioned swim meet, accommodating swimmers of all skill levels. The Swim Around Key West is not just a test of endurance but also a visual treat, with swimmers navigating through parts of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, possibly encountering diverse marine life like fish, coral, turtles, and even playful dolphins. The event emphasizes safety, with lifeguards stationed throughout the course and each swimmer or team required to have an escort craft. This unique event combines the thrill of competitive swimming with the beauty of Key West's marine environment, promising an unforgettable experience for all participants.