Circumnavigation Swim Around Lido Key

Circumnavigation Swim Around Lido Key

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Swim Around Lido Key is a 7-mile, pilot-escorted circumnavigation swim around the island of Lido Key in Sarasota, Florida. The event is organized by David Miner and Steve Butler.

Miner explains, “This is a 7-mile race around the beautiful island of Lido Key. Each swimmer will have a kayak escort to provide safety, navigation, and nutrition to the swimmer. Swimmers can enter as either a solo swimmer or as a 2-person relay, where each person swims and paddles the kayak.

The course starts in the Gulf of Mexico in front of the Lido Beach Resort Hotel 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 the Lido Beach Resort Hotel

The duo relay format is unusual. “The two-person relay teams can swap swimmers at any time during the race and as many times as they want during the race.”

For more information on the event held on April 12th, visit here or here.

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Steven Munatones