Since the 24 Mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim was first staged in 1998, it has drawn competitors from across the United States, from Great Britain, Guatemala, Italy, Mexico, Australia, Ireland, 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.
For Immediate Release
Oregonion Jamie Proffitt Wins The 24 Mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim in Challenging Conditions on Easter Sunday
Originally scheduled for 4/20, the event was delayed one day due to high winds and waves
Tampa Bay, Florida, USA - An Internal Medical Physician from Bend, Oregon was the solo champion at the Tampa Bay Marathon Swim, finishing the grueling 24 mile course in 10 hours, 9 minutes. Dr. Jamie Proffitt, 53, was able to take an early lead as they swam toward the sunrise over Tampa Bay.
The event was originally scheduled for the previous day, but was changed to Easter Sunday due to high winds and waves. The winds calmed overnight, so the 7 solo swimmers and 2 relay teams were met with calm conditions when the race started at 7:03am. For most of the day, the 5-7mph wind from the NW created a slight chop as they swam northward along the St. Petersburg shoreline. As they approached the monster spans across Tampa Bay, the Gandy and the Howard Frankland, winds had increased to 12-15mph and created a moderate chop of 1-2 feet.
A six-person relay team named, "Who Let The Dawgs Out" won the relay category, finishing the course six minutes faster than the solo champion. Their time of 10 hours, 3 minutes brought them to the finish line first, reaching the Finish Line at Ben T. Davis Beach at 5:06pm. Their team consisted of a group of alumni who swam together on the varsity team at Truman State University. A member of St. Pete Masters swim team, Christie Bruner, organized her college teammates' entry as they traveled to Florida from Iowa and Texas.
Qing Li, 29, Chicago, IL was the first woman to complete the course, finishing in 12 hours, 3 minutes.
The field included swimmers from across the United States, and even included entries Costa Rica and Poland.
Since the 24 Mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim was first staged in 1998, it has drawn competitors from across the United States, from Great Britain, Guatemala, Italy, Mexico, Australia, Ireland, Japan, Switzerland, The Bailiwick of Jersey, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Germany, India, Canada, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica and Poland. The race is one of the world's longest marathon swims and held annually in April, in celebration of Earth Day.
This 24 mile ultra-distance marathon swim race starts at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and ends on the Courtney Campbell Causeway in Tampa in a race that covers the entire length of Tampa Bay. The event is held each year to celebrate Earth Day and the revitalization of Florida's largest estuary. It is one of the world's longest marathon swimming races, and is a part of the Grand Slam of Open Water Marathon Swimming, which also includes The English Channel, Manhattan Island, and the Catalina Island marathon swims.
Official Results - April 21st, 2019
10 hours, 9 minutes - Jamie Proffitt, 53M, Bend, OR, USA
12 hours, 3 minutes - Qing Li, 29F, Chicago, IL, USA
12 hours, 13 minutes - Carolina Mora, 41F, Belén, Heredia, Costa Rica
12 hours, 34 minutes - Jenny Smith, 45F, Chattanooga, TN, USA
21 miles - Michael Dolence, 46M, Knightstown, IN, USA
16 miles - Boguslaw Ogrodnik, 54M, Wroclaw, Silesia, Poland
13 miles - Amir Yunus, 41M, Houston, TX, USA
10 hours, 3 minutes - Who Let The Dawgs Out Relay
Seth Huston, 54M, Houston, TX, USA
Jessica Koenig, 40F, Cedar Falls, IA, USA
Pete Koenig, 42M, Cedar Falls, IA, USA
Jennifer Hoskovec, 41F, Houston, TX, USA
Mike Hoskovec, 41M, Houston, TX, USA
Christie Bruner, 39F, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
20.5 miles - Aquaholics Relay
Paul Valitutto, 47M, Tampa, FL, USA
Stephanie Compher, 54F, Orlando, FL, USA
For more information, contact:
The Tampa Bay Marathon Swim
Distance Matters, Inc.
Ron Collins, Race Director
PO Box 18004
Clearwater, FL 33762-9998
Tampa Bay Marathon Swim Records
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)
9:32- Spunky Old Seamen, 2018 (Fastest 2 person Relay)
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)
10:21 - Mighty Mermaids, 2017 (Senior Open Relay 50+)