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 45th Annual Swim Around Key West
Presented by: The Key West Athletic Association

Saturday, June 26, 2021

First Wave Start: 8:20 a.m.
Second Wave Start: 8:50 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.

Due to the Covid Pandemic we are streamlining the Annual Swim. Many of our regular features will be absent such as our tent headquarters on the beach and the cookout and refreshments on the beach afterwards. We are thankful to the City of Key West for even considering giving us a permit this year. Ideally, next year we will be back into our full, outstanding mode.

Please note: We have 22 swimmers who chose to roll over their application fees from last year’s swim. Any who rolled over the fee will not be required to pay anything, but you will need to re-apply. Last year’s application is not sufficient. You will receive a code to use on the new application to avoid further payment.

*If you rolled over your fee from last year, be aware that you must re-apply before we meet the category caps. The rollover fee pertains only to the 45th Annual Swim.

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 26, 2021, is at 11:20 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 8:20 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 8:50 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.

You can download the entire 2021 race information packet here.

Train well!

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