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 46th Annual Swim Around Key West
Presented by: The Key West Athletic Association

Saturday, July 2, 2022

First Wave Start: 9:20 a.m.
Second Wave Start: 9:50 a.m.

Start/Finish: West end of Smathers Beach (Atlantic side)


Registration & Pre-Race Meeting: TBA

Post-Race Awards: TBA

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 and note significant changes.

We are bouncing back from two irregular years due to the COVID Pandemic. We are hoping to bring back the headquarters tent to the traditional site on the western end of Smathers Beach. We will pass this information on as we know more.

Our event, an open water swim, is tied to the tides. Therefore, the dates and starting times change from year to year. Because of the tides, our swim that traditionally has taken place in June has been moved to July. This year the high tide in the Key West Harbor on July 2, 2022, is at 12:20 p.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 9:20 am. 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 second wave of swimmers, starting at 9:50 am.

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.

You can download the entire 2022 race information packet here.

Train well!

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