The FKCC Swim Around Key West is a 12.5 mile/20 km journey around the prestine waters of Key West. The last island in the Florida Keys and the most southerly point in the USA.
The FKCC Swim Around Key West is a unique race because it is one of the few races in the world where the participants can swim entirely around an island city. It is also a special swim because the swimmers enjoy the clean, warm water and then emerge to celebrate their accomplishments in the legendary nightlife and fun in Key West bars and restaurants on Duval Street.
It is also a very inclusive race. If you are up for a 12.5 mile/20 km swim, that’s great! However, if a marathon swim like that might be a bit too much right now, there are also several relay categories. So everyone can join in the fun.
The race begins and ends at Higgs Beach (1000 Atlantic Blvd, by the White St. Pier). During the race Lifeguards are stationed throughout the course, as are safety boats every mile to ensure swimmer safety. Each swimmer has their own support craft, most relay swims use a small craft boat and most solo swims have their own personal kayak escort. The kayakers are supplied or you can even have a spouse or friend paddle for you to enjoy the adventure too, albeit, a little less strenuously.
The FKCC part of the name stands for “Florida Keys Community College”, and the benefits go towards the local pool and equipment, and also provide scholarships, swim lessons for locals.
This is special swim, a real challenge… and a whole lot of fun for everyone!