The Premier Open Water Swim in the Florida Keys

4th Annual Open Water Swim for Alligator Lighthouse

Friends of the Pool and the Fighting Manatee Swim Club await your arrival
for the 4th Annual Open Water Swim for Alligator Lighthouse!

Join us Saturday, September 17, 2016 in Islamorada, Florida.

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 9 nautical miles. The swim is limited to 400 pre-registered swimmers.

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.

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

Find the 2015 race results HERE

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