Swim Around Key West

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Kristin Jones and Cody Brunette in body paint at the 37th annual 12.5-mile Swim Around Key West in a charity swim for the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance
Swim Around Key West is one of the longest marathon swims in the world. The marathon swim organized by Bill Welzien includes a solo division and a relay race and is one of America's Top 100 Open Water Swims.



The Swim Around Key West began in 1977 by Anna Fugina, who had suffered injuries from a car accident and used swimming as therapy to assist in recovery. On 4 July 1977, Fugina took roughly 12 hours to finish the circumnavigation around Key West. In 1978, she finished in eight hours. She completed the 37 annual Swim Around Key West in a relay in 7 hours 32 minutes.


12.5 miles




City Key West

State/County/Province Florida

Country USA

Region Americas

Event Information

• Location: Key West, Florida, U.S.A.
• Course: Clockwise course around Key West, the southernmost tip of Florida
• Distance: 12.5 miles
• Date of Annual Race: June
• Description: The original Swim Around Key West is held in beautiful, shallow, generally calm warm waters (85°F or 29.4ºC) with the bottom of the ocean visible throughout the course. Abundant marine life includes Conch shells, manna rays, seaweed, sting rays, sea turtles, very docile nurse sharks and colorful tropical fish. Race includes a solo swim, a 2-person relay and a 3-person relay.

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