About the results
This video recap is from the 2018 Tampa Bay Marathon Swim. To see historical results, starting wth the pioneering swims in 1998, download the .pdf via the link below.
December 31, 2018 Solo Result
Marathon Swimming Legend Marcia Cleveland Rocks Tampa Bay Marathon Swim on NYE
Her solo swim started at 6:15am on New Year's Eve, and is a prelude to a race on April 20th
Tampa Bay, Florida, USA - Marcia Cleveland, 54, from Winnetka, Illinois swam the 24 mile length of Tampa Bay on New Year's Eve, December 31, 2018. She started at 6:15am and was challenged by a 10-15mph headwind that generated a moderate chop of 1-2 feet. She reached Pinellas Point quickly, and headed north toward the finish line at the north end of Tampa Bay. Although the conditions improved by mid-day, the tide was less-favorable as she maintained a steady pace to reach the finish line at 5:34pm. Her time of 11 hours, 19 minutes was a fast time, especially since this was a solo effort and not a race to the finish line. Water temperature was 66-68F / 17-18C, which is considered to be very comfortable by marathon swimmers.
Gail Rice, 1998