Swimmers and 'Mermaids' to Circle Key West During 12.5-Mile Race June 17

On June 17, swimmers, relay teams, and "mermaids" will embark on a unique aquatic adventure as they circle Key West in a 12.5-mile open-water race through the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. The College of the Florida Keys' Swim Around Key West welcomes competitors of all ages, as they vie for awards in various age categories. Sanctioned by the World Open Water Swimming Association, the event commences at Higgs Beach with a final check-in at 7 a.m. and an 8 a.m. start. Swimmers must provide their own support crew and kayak or boat, while lifeguards and kayaks ensure participant safety. For those seeking a shorter challenge, races ranging from 800 yards to 6.2 miles will also be held. Registration is open until June 16, with fees varying depending on race type and team size.