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Swimmers to Take to Water in Islamorada, Florida September 19

Photo Credit: Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Andy Newman
Photo Credit: Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Andy Newman

ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys, June 3, 2015 — Swim for Alligator Lighthouse positions itself as one of the most demanding and magnificent open water swims in the world. This 9-mile tropical open water swim in Islamorada, Florida hosts four hundred swimmers as they attempt the feat solo or on two- or four-person relay teams.

On Saturday, Sept. 19, While swimmers test their endurance, their efforts bring awareness to six aging offshore Florida Keys lighthouses.

Founder, artist and open water swimmer Lighthouse Larry Herlth, reminds swimmers and spectators that “Lighthouses are historic treasures. They capture our past, present and future. The many swimmers who have joined in the Swim for Alligator Lighthouse embrace this particular sentinel, Alligator Lighthouse, as a source of great inspiration.”

The swim is named for Alligator Reef Lighthouse, built to warn ships of the invisible danger posed by the submerged reef. Modern Global Positioning System navigation has replaced the need for lighthouses in the Keys and in recent years these lighthouses are no longer maintained.

Moorings Realty presents Swim for Alligator Lighthouse hosted by Moorings Village and Spa, September 19, 2015. Entrants have up to seven hours to complete the course, which features an in-water start and a beach finish, ending shoreside at The Moorings Village. The swim travels through one of the largest reef systems in the Florida Keys.

Moorings Realty presents Swim for Alligator Lighthouse hosted by Moorings Village and Spa, September 19, 2015. Entrants have up to seven hours to complete the course, which features an in-water start and a beach finish, ending shoreside at The Moorings Village. The swim travels through one of the largest reef systems in the Florida Keys.

The Moorings Realty Cash prize will be given to the first and second place solo and 2-person team (male and female). Awards are to be given to the top three male and female finishers overall.

Swimmers check-in Friday, Sept. 18.

Swimmers check-in Friday, Sept. 18.

Entry fees are $150 per swimmer. Admission for spectators is free. Swimmers can register at .

Entry fees are $150 per swimmer. Admission for spectators is free. Swimmers can register at www.swimalligatorlight.com.

For more information, contact Rob Dixon at 305-664-7149. Follow updates on the Swim for Alligator Lighthouse at .

For more information, contact Rob Dixon at 305-664-7149. Follow updates on the Swim for Alligator Lighthouse at www.facebook.com/swimalligatorlight.

 

Training for Alligator Lighthouse Swim 2013

Hi, I’m Lighthouse Larry. I’m 53 years old with no big background in competitive swimming. On September 21 in Islamorada we are having the first annual swim for alligator lighthouse 8 mile open water Challenge. It is to raise awareness for our ageing lighthouses off the Florida Keys and alligator lighthouse which was built in… Continue Reading