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January 18, 2016 Update


Here is the Start List for the race:

Stephen Carroll, 25M, New York, NY, USA
Raquel Janes, 16F, Valrico, FL USA
Kristian O'Donovan, 36M, Glenbeigh, Kerry, Ireland
John Batchelder, 35M, Littleton, CO, USA
Caroline Block, 32F, Baltimore, MD, USA
Alexis Underwood, 32F, Atlanta, GA, USA
Randy Hill, 57M, Hempstead, NY, USA
Elizabeth Almond, 42F, Norcross, GA, USA
Meenakshi Pahuja, 38F, New Delhi, India

Steyning Stingers Relay
Lawrence Naested, 52M, Partridge Green, W. Sussex, UK
Sarah Cotton, 48F, Steyning, W. Sussex, UK

Swim to Honor Relay
Jim Loreto, 43M, Bethesda, MD
Al Chororos, 42M, Washington, DC
Jonathan Gaul, 43M, Washington, DC

Mighty Mermaids Relay
Traci Grilli, 59F, Londonderry, NH
Nancy Steadman Martin, 61F, Oceanport, NJ
Christie Ciraulo, 62F, Los Angeles, CA
Veronica Hibben, 59F, Huntington Beach, CA
Karen Einsidler, 60F, Tenafly, NJ
Jenny Cook, 58F, Los Angeles, CA

Gorgeous Gorgons Relay
Ann Bowers-Evangelista, 47F, Washington DC
Sharon Larkin, 50F, Acworth, GA
Cheryl Conlin, 47F, Arlington, VA
Megan Hill, 50F, Arlington, VA
Jennifer Stewart, 39F, Fairfax  VA

Beach N' Babes Waterbugs Relay
Donna Sumption 52F. Arlington, VA
Jennifer Gibbins 36F, Vienna, VA
Lori Whitehand 55F, Falls Church, VA
Melinda Moore 50F, Arlington, VA
Adele Ratcliff 50F, Springfield, VA
Kris Petersen 51F, Silver Spring MD

Orangeburg Pirates Relay
Franklin Fetzer, 58M, South Haven, MI
Stacey Hughes, 47F, Orangeburg, SC
Jeremy Sanders, 37M, Orangeburg, SC
Bradley Holeman, 36M, St. Matthews, SC
Gilbert Miller, 63M, Bamburg, SC

Although the entry deadline is February 15th, we are no longer able to accept entries that request a hired escort boat.  If you are able to bring your own, qualified power boat you may request an entry. Please email the race director for details at collins@tampabay.rr.com. Or call 727.531.7999


The race has been named one of America's Top 100 Open Water Swims and has been listed as one of the 30 "World Swimming Majors" by The World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA).

Email the Race Director for more information, or to indicate your interest in becoming an event volunteer.

Tampa Bay area waters provide the perfect setting to train 365 days a year.  If you are just beginning your open water training, or need an experienced kayaker/coach to help you acclimate to cold water, our training Boot Camp is for you!

7:41 - Chris Derks, 2002 (Overall & Men's Record)
7:51 - Penny Palfrey, 2008 (Women's Record)
18:09 - Andrew Heinrich, 2015 (Swam the Longest)
9:52 - Ron Collins, 1998 (First Swimmer)
8:34 - Gail Rice, 1998 (First Woman)
7:53 - Team Hammerhead, 2006 (Fastest 3 person Relay)
7:39 - The Sharks, 2006 (Fastest 6 person Relay)
14:21 - Carl Selles, 2014 (Oldest Male Swimmer, age 67)
10:21 - Barbara Held, 2011 (Oldest Female Swimmer, age 57)

The world's most iconic open water marathon swims are the Catalina Channel, the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, and the English Channel. 

The 19th Annual 24 Mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim is on April 16, 2016

Tampa Bay's marathon swim race is one of the world's longest, and covers the entire length of Florida's largest estuary.

Since the 24 Mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim was first staged in 1998, it has drawn competitors from across the United States, and from Great Britain, Guatemala, Italy, Mexico, Australia, Japan, Switzerland, Baliwick of Jersey, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Germany, India, Canada, and the Cayman Islands.  The race is one of the world's longest marathon swims, and is held annually in April, in celebration of Earth Day.

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