Swim Course and Venue Maps

Safety on the course & the course map

Water safety is provided by the escort pilots on kayaks, powerboats, jet skis, and a police boat, will be patrolling the course. Each powerboat will be flying an orange flag and each jet ski rider will be wearing an orange vest for identification. Pilots will be instructed on how to seek assistance. An EMT will be available on the water and safety personnel will be instructed on how to assist a distressed swimmer and trained medical personnel will be available to assist in emergency situations. The MANDATORY pre-race meeting and Athlete & Pilot Guide will review common communication signals for pilots (and swimmers) to use.

In case of inclement weather, unusually adverse surf conditions, or any other factors that may arise, an event committee composed of the event directors and safety personnel may modify the starting time or cancel the event.


NOTE: For 2020, because of the tides around the island, the course will be swam counter-clockwise. You will start at Ken Thompson Park and then swim through New Pass first and into the gulf, then back into Sarasota Bay through Big Pass and back to the finish at Ken Thompson Park

Venue map, event location & directions

Location of race: Ken Thompson Park
Address: 
1799 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236

Directions: Interstate 75 to Sarasota exit #210 (Fruitville Road). Take Fruitville Road west to US 41. Turn left (south) onto US 41 and continue John Ringling Blvd. (789). Turn right onto John Ringling Blvd. (789) and go over the bridge. Continue to St. Armand’s Circle going around the circle and exit the circle on Blvd Of The Presidents. Continue to Ken Thompson Pkwy, which is at the traffic light just before going over the bridge. Stay on Ken Thompson Pkwy to the end of the road.
Download Map: 2019 Course Map.png