April 15, 2015, 8:00am Eastern Time
For Immediate ReleaseSOURCE: 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.
Twelve 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
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
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
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.
Since 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
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)