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Read about my 3 swims of the Triple Crown

1. THE ENGLISH CHANNEL: Swimming Everest - by Terry Tomalin of the St. Petersburg Times - The 21-mile crossing of the English Channel is the open-water peak for challengers such as Ron Collins. They call it the Everest of open-water swimming. "It doesn't matter how many times you have swum around Manhattan or across Tampa Bay," Collins said a few days before he would attempt to add his name to the record book. "When it comes to long-distance swims, there is only one that matters and that is the English Channel." MORE>>>

2. MANHATTAN ISLAND: One Lap, 28.5 Miles - by Terry Tomalin of the St. Peterburg Times - This race took place only 9 months after 9.11.01 and the 28 Mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim starts and finishes near Ground Zero. The circumnavigation of the island of Manhattan took about 8 hours to swim, but all thoughts were still on the tragic events that took place nearby. MORE>>>

3. CATALINA CHANNEL: Catalina Channel Do-Over To Achieve The Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming - Swimmers who complete three famous marathon swims are added to a list for completing the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming. Believe it or not, it's become wildly popular to swim the 21 miles (33.7 km) across the English Channel between England and France, the 20.2 miles (33 km) across the Catalina Channel in Southern California, USA, and the 28.5 miles (45.8 km) around Manhattan Island in New York, USA. MORE>>>


April 15, 2015, 8:00am Eastern Time

For Immediate Release

SOURCE: Distance Matters, Inc.

Meet the Swimmers of The 18th Annual 24 Mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim

On April 25th, 2015, a group of talented and brave swimmers will attempt to complete a swim that actually measures longer than the English Channel. Tampa Bay's marathon swim race is one of the world's longest, and covers the entire length of Florida's largest estuary.

Marathon SwimTwelve solo swimmers and three relay teams have entered the Eighteenth Annual 24 Mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim. Swimmers and their fans will be able to follow all of the action on race day via GPS tracker, Twitter and Facebook with updates, videos and pictures. The race has been named one of America's Top 100 Open Water Swims and has been listed as one of the 30 "World Swimming Majors" by The World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA).

Confirmed Solo Entrants - Start List for 2015

Katie Scott, 24F, Haymarket, VA, USA
Serbo Simeoni, 49M, Safety Harbor, FL, USA
Emma Schaefer, 26F, West Bloomfield, MI, USA
Andrew Truscott, 34M, St. Helier, Baliwick of Jersey
Steve Gruenwald, 53M, Faribault, MN, USA
Maureen Montgomery, 54F, Clearwater, FL, USA
Neil Leyland, 41M, St. Charles, MO, USA
Katrin Walter, 37F, Buttikon, Switzerland
Katie Benoit, 36F, Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Lesley Fanning, 47F, Mt. Pleasant, SC, USA
Andrew Heinrich, 43M, Orlando, FL, USA
Willy Blumentals, 42M, Concord, MA, USA

Confirmed Relay Entrants - Start List for 2015

The Northwest 2-5-3 Way
Patrick Carlisle, 29M, Winter Haven, FL
Katy Smith, 33F, Tacoma, WA
Chad Hagedorn, 43M, Tacoma, WA

Orangeburg Pirates
Franklin Fetzer
, 57M, Orangeburg, SC
Gilbert Miller
, 62M, Bamberg, SC
Stacey Hughes
, 46F, Orangeburg, SC
Jeremy Sanders
, 36M, Orangeburg, SC
David Miller
, 64M, Brentwood, TN

Capital Punishment
Bill Sullivan, 49M, McLean, VA
J. C. Boggs, 52M, Washington, DC
Mark Wainwright, 47M, Alexandria, VA
Karen Yankosky, 43F, Arlington, VA

Thomas Schwartz, 55M, Sarasota, FL

The starting line is the Magnusson Hotel Marina Cove Resort - 6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane; St. Petersburg, Florida 33711. Phone: 800.227.8045 or 727.756.1151. If you choose to lodge there, please reserve your room early and be sure to request the discounted marathon swim room rates.

At 6:00pm on Friday, April 24th, there will be a mandatory rules and competition meeting for swimmers, boaters, kayakers and crew members. Preceding the meeting, swimmers may check-in starting at 4pm, with course maps, t-shirts and swimmers' packets available at the host hotel/starting line: Magnusson Hotel Marina Cove Resort. The hotel's marina is also available for overnight boat storage conveniently located 50 yards from the starting line. Captains are advised to make a call, at least one week in advance, to the hotel dock master to reserve a slip in the hotel marina.

Every effort will be made to start the swim at 7:15am on Saturday, April 25th. Check-in time begins at 6:00am. If weather conditions are dangerous(high winds, thunderstorms, poor visibility) the start may be delayed or rescheduled to the next day, or an alternative race course may be substituted to adhere to safety guidelines.

On race day, updates will be provided via Twitter feed which may be viewed at Twitter, Facebook, and at the official website of the event: www.DistanceMatters.com


Live Video Streaming on April 25th at 6:30am

The average water temperature for Tampa Bay in April is 75 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius), and the air temperatures on race day usually range from 80F – 90F.

The Finish Line is located at Ben T. Davis Beach on West Courtney Campbell Causeway; Tampa, Florida 33607. The fastest competitors should start arriving around 4:00pm and will last until 9pm, or when the last competitors reach the finish line.

Marathon SwimSince this event was first staged in 1998, it has drawn competitors from across the United States, and from Great Britain, Guatemala, Italy, Mexico, Australia, Japan, Switzerland, Baliwick of Jersey, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Germany, India, Canada, and the Cayman Islands.

More information about the 24 Mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim is available at www.DistanceMatters.com. Email the Race Director for more information, or to indicate your interest in entering as a swimmer or to receive more information about becoming an event volunteer.
For more information, contact:
The Tampa Bay Marathon Swim
Distance Matters, Inc.
Ron Collins, Race Director
PO Box 18004
Clearwater, FL 33762-9998
727.531.7999 | www.DistanceMatters.com
Email: Collins@tampabay.rr.com

Visit the Tampa Bay Marathon Swim on Facebook to connect with other participants, and view pictures/video from the event, dating back to April 1998. Go to Facebook Now >>>

 

Tampa Bay Marathon Swim Records

7:41 - Chris Derks, 2002 (Overall & Men's Record)
7:51 - Penny Palfrey, 2008 (Women's Record)
16:17 - Arnie Bellini, 2014 (Swam the Longest)
9:52 - Ron Collins, 1998 (First Swimmer)
8:34 - Gail Rice, 1998 (First Woman)
7:53 - Team Hammerhead, 2006 (Fastest 3 person Relay)
7:39 - The Sharks, 2006 (Fastest 6 person Relay)
14:21 - Carl Selles, 2014 (Oldest Male Swimmer, age 67)
15:22 - Ann von Spiegelfeld, 2014 (Oldest Female Swimmer, age 52)

Past Results

2014 | 13 | 12 |  11 10 | 09 | 08 | 07 | 06 | 05 | 04 | 03 | 02 | 01 | 00 | 99 | 98

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