Hosted by Swim Without Limits, Swim Around Fort De Soto is a 10K+ (6.3 mile) open water swim race around three sides of the beautiful park and island chain of Fort De Soto in St. Petersburg, Florida. Swimmers can enter as a solo swimmer, 2-person relay, or 3-person relay. The course starts at Fort De Soto’s Boat Ramp and heads west through Bunces Pass and into the Gulf of Mexico. The course then turns south along the island passing beautiful white sand beaches to a pier and around the south point of the island. Turning east, the course then heads along more white sand beaches finishing at Shelter #14 in Fort De Soto Park.
The largest park within the Pinellas County Park System, Fort De Soto park consists of 1,136 acres made up of five interconnected islands (keys). Fort De Soto was named America’s Top Beach for 2009 by Trip Advisor. In 2005, “Dr. Beach,” named Fort De Soto the nation’s #1 Beach. There are over 7-miles of waterfront, including almost three miles of beautiful white sandy beach. The park is about 20 minutes from downtown St. Petersburg.
Each solo swimmer must have a pilot (kayak escort) to provide safety, navigation, and nutrition to the swimmer. Relay teams must take turns swimming and paddling, meaning that each person swims a portion of the race and paddles the kayak a portion of the race. Relay swimmers cannot have a dedicated pilot.
Each swimmer and pilot gets a t-shirt, goodie bag, excellent post race meal, and official souvenir pint glass. Swimmers who finish the race also receive a finisher’s medal and awards are given out in each division.
The race is open to all members of U.S. Masters Swimming and all ATHLETE members of USA Swimming. Adults who are not current members of U.S. Masters Swimming may pay for a one-day membership during the online entry process. One-day memberships are NOT available for swimmers under the age of 18.
Only 150 entries accepted, so make sure you don’t way too long to register to swim.
Fort De Soto Park address: 3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde, FL 33715