33rd Annual Swim Around Island
by Shayne Benowitz
Last Saturday boaters had to heed extra caution in the waters surrounding Key West. The Florida Keys Community College athletic department sponsored its 33rd Annual Swim Around Key West. The race headquarters were set up at the Southernmost Beach Café at the end of Duval Street.
The grueling 12.5 mile circumnavigation of Key West was completed by these steely swimmers using only the strength and streamline of strong arms and legs in the water. The harbor was dotted with kayaks and small vessels acting as lifeguards monitoring the swimmer’s progress.
In addition to strong individual competition, there were also relay teams that broke the course into two to six legs. Over 100 swimmers competed in this popular athletic event. The proceeds went to benefit FKCC, Key West High School, and the Bone Island Swim programs.
Shayne Benowitz is a Fury crewmember and freelance writer working on her debut novel. For more travel stories and a daily dose of what’s cool around the globe visit her Wanderlust Website at http://web.me.com/shaynebeth.