The Premier Open Water Swim in the Florida Keys

3rd Annual Open Water Swim for Alligator Lighthouse

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Friends of the Pool and the Fighting Manatee Swim Club await your arrival
for the 3rd Annual Open Water Swim for Alligator Lighthouse!

Join us Saturday, September 19, 2015 in Islamorada, Florida. Register today!

Swim for Alligator Lighthouse is a 9 mile tropical open water swim in Islamorada, the Florida Keys. Four hundred swimmers will attempt the feat solo or on two- or four-person relay teams. Will you take the plunge?

The swim starts and finishes at the beautiful Moorings Village. The course extends to Alligator Lighthouse with a roundtrip of 8 nautical miles. The swim is limited to 400 pre-registered swimmers.

Register today. Reserve your place in the beautiful blue Atlantic Ocean.


Whose idea was this anyway? At 52, Lighthouse Larry Herlth became the first person known to have made the roundtrip open water swim to Alligator Lighthouse — named for the USS Alligator. The USS Alligator (not Larry) wrecked on the nearby reef in 1822.

With calm seas, blue skies and the support of the Fighting Manatee master swim club, including Olympic swimming champion Jon Olsen, Herlth finished in five hours, 11 minutes. He declared: “It’s the world record.” Read more of this Miami Herald article here.

Residents of Islamorada and the Florida Keys were on the edge of their chairs awaiting the results of Larry’s World Record open water swim to Alligator Lighthouse.

In 2013, Dale LeClair beat Larry’s record finishing in 4:49:37.48.

In 2014, Olympic hopeful Yoelvis (Joey) Pedraza finished this challenging swim (setting yet another new World Record) in 03:35:05.91.

Go ahead and register today! We need to prepare for some Islamorada hospitality. Can’t wait to see you!

Listen here to learn more about Larry’s Lighthouse inspiration.

Find the 2014 race results HERE

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