NOTE: Registration opens November 1, 2017… and is capped at 165 swimmers… and it sells out! So register now!
One of the many interesting things about this race is that it is a Florida key… but not in the Florida Keys. It is in fact, near the entrance to Tampa Bay and just south of beautiful St Petersburg, so very easy to get to! It also has some of the nicest beaches in the world.
Hosted by Swim Without Limits, Swim Around Lido Key, is a 7-mile open water swim race around the beautiful island of Lido Key in Sarasota, Florida. Swimmers can enter as a solo swimmer, 2-person relay, or 3-person relay. The course starts in the Gulf of Mexico on the Lido public beach area and takes you north along the beautiful beaches to New Pass inlet where you’ll swim by large waterfront homes and Mote Marine Aquarium up to City Island where you’ll turn right heading west-southwest to Coon Key in the Sarasota Bay waters. Popular Bird Key will be to your left as you make your way to Big Pass and the beautiful South Lido Park. Exiting Sarasota Bay waters through Big Pass, you’ll turn right and head north in the Gulf waters along sparkling white sand beaches to the finish line at Lido Beach where you started.
A gorgeous barrier island adjacent to Sarasota, Lido Key boasts some of Sarasota’s most beautiful beaches. With St. Armand’s Circle, Lido Key is a hub for excellent shopping and fine dining. Bring your family and friends to enjoy a great race and a special weekend exploring Lido Key and all that Sarasota offers.
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 165 entries accepted, so make sure you don’t way too long to register to swim.
Lido Key race address: 400 Ben Franklin Drive, Lido Key, FL