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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Mermaid Or Monofin? Marathoning Around Key West

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

In 2017, Nicolas Oberndorfer and CJ Pisano won the 12.5-mile Florida Keys Community College Swim Around Key West in 5 hours 25 seconds and 5 hours 25 minutes 37 seconds, respectively.

On June 30th, about 250 swimmers - similar to Oberndorfer and Pisano - will participate in the annual 12.5-mile Florida Keys Community College Swim Around Key West. Nothing new there.

But race director Lori Bosco has three new divisions for 2018 for the 800-yard, 1-mile, 2-mile, 10 km and 20 km races:

1. mermaid swimmers with tails
2. swimmers with a pair of fins or one monofin
3. Special Olympics swimmers

"The buoy-marked, clockwise course around the island encompasses open waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico," describes Bosco. "The finish line is at Smathers Beach. Each swimmer or relay team must provide a support crew and kayak or boat for safety support. Safety lifeguards and kayaks are to be positioned throughout the course.

The FKCC Swim Around Key West benefits the FKCC swim program, Key West High School swim team, and the Bone Island Swim Club of Key West

For more information, visit here.

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