71 Years Strong Bill Welzien

71 Years Strong Bill Welzien

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Bill “Ciastko” Welzien has completed 121 warm-water 20.1 km circumnavigation swims around Key West over the course of his career. As he enters his 70s, he shows no sign of slowing down – in either organizing the annual Swim Around Key West or his own solo efforts swimming around the island in southern Florida.

The 71-year-old started his circumnavigation swims around Key West in 1991 and started serving as the race organizer of the Swim Around Key West in 2003. He completed his 100th swim (Century Swim) in May 2018, averaging 6 hours 15 minutes over the course.

Welzien, who was nominated for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, is shown above after his 105th swim around Key West with kayaker Jane Welzien in 7 hours 8 minutes in 2018. His 103rd circumnavigation swim around Key West was escorted by Douglas Weeks is shown below after 6 hours 36 minutes in the 89°F (31.6°F) water in July 2018.

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