Solo Swimmers and Teams to Race 12.5 Miles Around Key West in June 8 Challenge

Ready to take on an exhilarating swimming challenge? Mark your calendars for June 8, when the annual College of the Florida Keys Swim Around Key West kicks off! This isn’t your typical dip in the pool—participants will brave a 12.5-mile open-water race that circles the entire island, testing their endurance against both the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.

Starting bright and early at Higgs Beach, competitors can choose to tackle the course solo, in relay teams, or even channel their inner mermaid with a monofin. And it's not just about the race. The day before, swimmers can catch mermaid shows and even try on a mermaid tail themselves at the college’s campus.

Whether you're a seasoned swimmer looking for a new challenge or a newcomer eager to test your limits, this race has something for everyone. Plus, beachfront awards ceremonies await those who conquer this aquatic marathon. So, whether you want to swim with fins, a mermaid tail, or just your own grit and determination, dive into this unique Key West tradition and make a splash!

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