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
International Field of 9 Soloists and 2 Relay Teams will Compete at the 21st Annual 24 Mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim this Sunday
It is one of the world's longest and most challenging marathon swim races.
Tampa Bay, Florida, USA - The next Tampa Bay Marathon Swim race will be on Sunday, April 21, 2019. The race was originally scheduled for April 20th, but was delayed one day due to high winds. The race begins at 7am, on Easter Sunday, April 21st, and you can track their progress via an interactive GPS map all day on race day. Some swimmers will still be in the water until 8pm!
Official Start List - April 21st Race
Michael Dolence, 46M, Knightstown, IN, USA
Carolina Mora, 41F, Belén, Heredia, Costa Rica
John Zemaitis, 35M, Scottsdale, AZ, USA
Jamie Proffitt, 53M, Bend, OR, USA
Qing Li, 29F, Chicago, IL, USA
Jenny Smith, 45F, Chattanooga, TN, USA
Joe Zemaitis, 39M, Scottsdale, AZ, USA
Boguslaw Ogrodnik, 54M, Wroclaw, Silesia, Poland
Amir Yunus, 41M, Houston, TX, USA
Paul Valitutto, 47M, Tampa, FL, USA
Stephanie Compher, 54F, Orlando, FL, USA
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
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, and now: 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.
Footage from Marcia Cleveland's Tampa Bay Swim on December 31, 2018
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)
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+)