June 6, 2015 -
Saturday, June 6, 2015
This 12.5-mile endurance swim competition begun in 1977 by Anna Fugina. Anna had suffered injuries from a car accident and she chose to begin swimming as therapy to assist in her recovery. As her health improved, so did her swimming ability and love for swimming.
Anna wondered if it was possible to swim the circumference of the Island of Key West. Though she inquired, she could find no evidence that anyone had even attempted the challenge, much less completed the swim. She concluded that someone had to be the first, so on July 4th she entered the water at Mallory Square at Key West Harbor. She completed the swim in 12:59:00. Later, she found that if she studied the tidal current, the swim would be an easier task. Anna swam again in 1978 and improved her time considerably, finishing at 8:00 hours.
This historic, round-the-island event is the longest-running sporting event in the Florida Keys. Since the swim is in June, the water temperatures will likely be between 84 and 86 degrees. Every entered swimmer will receive a technical T-shirt listing the overall first place swimmers and their finish times from 1977 to 2013.