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Open Water Races
Race day water temperature 72-78 F (average temperature over the past 10 years is 76 F)
Race Day Timeline
Florida LMSC for USMS Sanction #147-W004
Florida Swimming for USA Swimming Official Approval #pending
Safety on the Course & Course Map
Water safety will be provided by the escort pilots on kayaks, powerboats, jet skis, a police boat, and an EMT that will be patrolling the course. Each powerboat will be flying a small orange flag and each jet ski rider will have an orange mark on the back of their life jackets 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 will review common communication signals for pilots (and swimmers) to use and recognize out on the course.
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.
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Results & Awards
2nd Annual, Swim Around Fort De Soto
10K+ Open Water Swim
Saturday October 28, 2017
Fort De Soto Park, St. Petersburg, FL
About the Race
This is a 10K+ (6.5 mile) open water swim race around three
sides of the beautiful park and island chain of Fort De Soto. Each solo swimmer will have a pilot (kayak escort) to provide safety, navigation, and nutrition to the swimmer. Swimmers can enter as a solo swimmer, 2-person relay, or 3-person relay. Relay teams must take turns swimming and paddling, meaning that each person swims a portion of the race and paddles the kayak a portion of the race. Relay swimmers cannot have a dedicated pilot!
The course starts at the Fort De Soto Boat Ramp and heads west through Bunces Pass and into the Gulf of Mexico. The course then turns south along the island passing beautiful white sand beaches to the pier and around the point of the island. The course then heads east along more white sand beaches finishing at Shelter #14 in Fort De Soto Park.
Pilot & Kayak Rentals
Pilots (escort kayakers)
We STRONGLY encourage solo swimmers to bring their own experienced kayaker to escort them. All pilots MUST register as a pilot whether we provide one for you or you provide your own!
If you're a solo swimmer and need us to provide a pilot for you, the cost is $65 and is paid during registration. $60 goes directly to the pilot and $5 is used for processing fees we incur.
NOTE: We can only guarantee 35 pilots. Once we hit 35 requests, we can no longer guarantee we will have a pilot for you. We will recruit as many pilots as possible, so you can always check with us to see if we secured more than 35.
Rental kayaks (Need to rent a kayak for the race?)
If so, rentals are available from our kayak sponsors. Give one of them a call and they will take care of your needs! Tell them you're doing the Swim Around Fort De Soto Race on Saturday, October 28, 2017. They will deliver the kayak to Lido Beach on race day morning and pick it up at the end of the race. Rental rates are $65 per kayak.
Pinellas Kayak Rentals: 16 available delivered and picked up from the race - Call Denis Wahls at 727-482-3884
Siesta Key Bike & Kayak: 16 available delivered and picked up from race - call Scotty at 941-346-0891
Paradise Adventures: 16 available delivered and picked up from race - Call 941-275-2971
Rules, Details, & Important Information (READ THIS!)
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About Fort De Soto Park
The largest park within the Pinellas County Park System, Fort De Soto park consists of 1,136 acres made up of five interconnected islands (keys). Fort De Soto was named America’s Top Beach for 2009 by Trip Advisor. In 2005, “Dr. Beach,” named Fort De Soto the nation’s #1 Beach. There are over 7-miles of waterfront, including almost three miles of beautiful white sandy beach. The park is about 20 minutes from downtown St. Petersburg. For more information, go to http://www.pinellascounty.org/park/05_Ft_DeSoto.htm.
The official race hotel
is the Postcard Inn On
The Beach. There are
a block of 15 rooms
available with a great
room discount and no
resort fee. When making a reservation, tell them you are with Swim Without Limits. You MUST CALL THEM or email them to book your room. Don't wait too long as once the rooms are gone, they're gone! There are many other hotels in the area like the Tradewinds Resort if you can't get a room at the Postcard Inn.
Postcard Inn: 6300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
Call now to make your reservation: 800.237.8918 or email email@example.com
To receive the discount: Tell them you're with Swim Without Limits
Race Venue Location & Directions
Fort De Soto Park
3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde, FL 33715
Shelter 14 is where race check-in and all pre-race and post race activities will take place. The finish line is directly in front of Shelter 14. Swimmers should proceed directly to Shelter 14 race day morning.
Pilots should go directly to the boat ramp to offload their kayaks in a designated area. Volunteers will be there to help and provide security for the kayaks. Pilots should then drive to Shelter 14 and park their vehicle there. Pilots and swimmers will be transported to the boat ramp for the race start.
David Miner 941-545-9709
Steve Butler 941-376-3524
Eligibility & Registration
The race is open to all members of U.S. Masters Swimming and all ATHLETE members of USA Swimming. Adults who are not current members of U.S. Masters Swimming may pay for a one-day membership during the online entry process; the one-day membership fee is $22.00 (in addition to the event entry fee). One-day memberships are NOT available for swimmers under the age of 18.
Only the first 150 entries accepted!
Solo - $200 - Register Now!
2-person relay - $225 - Register Now!
3-person relay - $250 - Register Now!
Online registration will be open until 11:59 p.m. Monday, October 16, 2017 or when 150 entries are received. NO RACE DAY ENTRIES. Online entries are paid by credit card to "ClubAssistant.com Events."
PLEASE NOTE: If you can’t participate in the race or there are dangerous weather issues, there are no refunds, transfers, or deferrals for any reason. The cost of the event is fixed and the money has been spent come race day.
Entry fee provides the following: