Race Information

The Swim Around Key West is 12.5 miles, clockwise around the island of Key West.

Course Map

Course map. Click to enlarge. Each number represents a mile marker.

The 44th Annual Swim Around Key West
Presented by: The Key West Athletic Association

Saturday, June 6, 2020

First Wave Start: 7:30 a.m.
Second Wave Start: 8:00 a.m.

Start/Finish: West end of Smathers Beach (Atlantic side)
Headquarters: Large tent situated at start/finish

Friday, June 5, 2020:
All Applicants Registration: 3:00-5:45 p.m.
Mandatory Pre-race Meeting: 6:00 p.m.
at Smathers Beach

Post-Race Awards and Raffle:
On the Beach at 3:30 p.m. (after the swim)

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Annual Swim Around Key West (12.5 miles). Please carefully read all of the information provided in the various sections of our website.

Our event open water swim. It is tied to the tides. This is why the dates and starting times change from year to year. The high tide in the Key West Harbor on June 6, 2020, is at 10:31 a.m. Our traditional start time for the first wave is 3 hours before high tide in the harbor. That tradition continues this year. That means we will start the first wave at 7:30 a.m. The bulk of the swimmers and relays will begin approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes before the high tide in the Harbor. This is the traditional start time for this wave. And this second wave of swimmers will start at 8:00 a.m.

No Refund Policy: In the unfortunate case you need to cancel, there will be no refund of any application fees. In the unfortunate event we must cancel the swim there will be no refund of the application fees. Please don’t ask for a refund.

No Waiting List: Once we cap a category, it is closed and there is no waiting list.

The Annual Swim Around Key West has chosen to donate any profit after all our bills are paid to the Cross Country Team of the Key West High School. After last year’s event, we were pleased to be able to give this group a check for $4,300. Our hope is to increase the amount this year.

You can download the entire 2020 race information packet here.

Train well!

Bill Welzien, Organizer (on behalf of the Committee)
112 Completed Swims Around Key West
First completed across and back swim of the span of the 7-Mile Bridge