Race Venue Location & Directions
Location of race: Lido public beach parking and beach access
Address: 400 Ben Franklin Drive, Lido Key, FL
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 John Ringling Blvd. Go to Ben Franklin Drive and go South to 700 Ben Franklin Drive.
Race day water temperature 74-80 F.
Florida LMSC for USMS Sanction #pending
Florida Swimming for USA Swimming Official Approval #: pending
Pilot and 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 Lido Key Race on Saturday, April 14, 2018. 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.
Island Style: Call Laurel at 941-954-1009
Siesta Key Bike & Kayak: Call 941-346-0891
Silent Sports Outfitter: Call Tony at 941-966-5477
Paradise Adventures: Call 941-275-2971 (has tandem kayaks)
Safety on the Course & the 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.
About the Race
This is a 7-mile open water swim race around the beautiful island of Lido Key. 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 in the Gulf of Mexico on the Lido public beach area and takes you north along the beautiful beaches to New Pass inlet where you’ll swim by large waterfront homes and Mote Marine Aquarium up to City Island where you’ll turn right heading west, south-west to Coon Key in the Sarasota Bay waters. Popular Bird Key will be to your left as you make your way to Big Pass and the beautiful Lido Park. Exiting Sarasota Bay waters through Big Pass, you’ll turn right and head north in the Gulf along sparkling white sand beaches to the finish line at Lido Beach where you started.
Swim Around Lido Key
7-mile Open Water Swim
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Lido Key Beach, Sarasota, FL
David Miner: 941-545-9709
Steve Butler: 941-376-3524
The official race hotel is the Lido Beach Resort Hotel with discounted race rates available. The hotel is directly adjacent to the race venue. You can walk to the start! - Make your reservations early as the rooms are first-come, first-serve and they will sell out! All reservations must be made by March19, 2017 to receive the race discount.
About the hotel: Known for its prime location and impeccable service, the Lido Beach Resort is Sarasota’s finest beachfront property. Located on a barrier island just off the coast of Sarasota and featuring 223 luxurious guest rooms and suites, guests can enjoy upgraded amenities in a serene setting along the Gulf of Mexico. Loyal team members await the moment to accommodate your every request.
To make a reservation online, click here.
Or call (800) 441-2113 today to book your hotel. When calling, ask for the "Swim Around Lido" discounted race rate.
Weekend Event Schedule
4-6 PM: Pre-race social & check-in at the Daiquiri Deck (see below)
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.
Relay team 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 165 entries accepted!
Solo - $200
2-person relay - $225
3-person relay - $250
Online registration will be open until 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 2, 2018 or when 165 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 for any reason or there are dangerous weather conditions and we have to cancel the race, 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:
Venue map - Click on the map to download a PDF copy!
Swimming Saves Lives Foundation
About Lido Key
A gorgeous barrier island adjacent to Sarasota, Lido Key boasts some of Sarasota’s most beautiful beaches. With St. Armand’s Circle, Lido Key is a hub for excellent shopping and fine dining. Bring your family and friends to enjoy a great race and a special weekend exploring Lido Key and all that Sarasota offers. See http://www.visitsarasota.org for more information about Sarasota.
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Open Water Races
Pre-Race Social and Check-in
Our pre-race social and early check-in will take place on Friday, April 13 from 4:00-6:00 PM at the Daiquiri Deck on St. Armand’s Circle, Lido Key. You can check-in early and get your goodie bag and t-shirt. You can also enjoy a FREE drink provided by the Daiquiri Deck, order a great meal, and socialize with your friends and family. This is a great time to meet your pilot, so make sure you communicate with them about your plans to attend the social.
Race day morning check-in and body marking will take place under our tents immediately prior to the race.
Registration opens Nov. 1, 2017!
Click on the map to download a PDF copy.
You should laminate this map for the race!
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Awards & Results
Rules, Details, & Important Information (READ THIS!)