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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>>>

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March 8, 2015, 8:00pm Eastern Time

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The Eighteenth Annual 24 Mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim will be on April 25th

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. 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).

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

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 starting line is the Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove Resort - 6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane; St. Petersburg, Florida 33711. Phone: 800.227.8045. 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: Magnuson 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.

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..

Confirmed Solo Entrants - Start List for 2015

Serbo Simeoni, 49M, Safety Harbor, FL, USA
Katrin Walter, 37F, Buttikon, Switzerland
Neil Leyland, 41M, St. Charles, MO, USA
Maureen Montgomery, 54F, Clearwater, FL, USA
Katie Benoit, 36F, Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Lesley Fanning, 47F, Mt. Pleasant, SC, USA
Andrew Truscott, 34M, St. Helier, Baliwick of Jersey
Emma Schaefer, 26F, West Bloomfield, MI, USA
Steve Gruenwald, 53M, Faribault, MN, USA
Katie Scott, 24F, Haymarket, VA, 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
Mark Heinrich
J. C. Boggs
John Day
Mark Wainwright
Karen Yankosky

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

Results from April 19, 2014

Samantha Simon Claims Victory and Tames a Choppy Tampa Bay Marathon Swim

The Seventeenth Annual 24 Mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim was held on Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Marathon SwimSixteen solo swimmers, and four relay teams from across the United States and Canada entered The Seventeenth Annual Tampa Bay Marathon Swim.

Samantha Simon, a 24 year old marathon swimmer from Janesville, Wisconsin endured a breezy and choppy day to lead the field, with only 5 of the 16 solo swimmers able to complete the course. Her time of 12 hours, 18 minutes was 2-3 hours longer than expected due to the challenging conditions.

Samantha Simon's first marathon swim was in Tampa Bay in 2008, when she was just about to graduate high school as an 18 year old. Not only did she complete that challenge in 8 hours, 59 minutes, she also went on to successfully complete swims of The English Channel (13 hours, 11 minutes), The Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (8 hours, 10 minutes), and The Catalina Channel (9 hrs, 22 minutes) in 2010, at age 20, to become the youngest person to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming.

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The race began at 7:04am at the Magnuson Marina Cove Resort, at the foot of the iconic Sunshine Skyway Bridge. With the champion Simon hitting the finish line at Ben T. Davis Beach at 7:22pm, the only other contestant to finish before sunset was Lisa Hertz, 28, a school teacher from Winter Haven, Florida. When she cleared the water at 7:50pm, her mother Charlotte Hertz, her coach Dr. Mark Smitherman and her Team Windfall teammates welcomed her as she finished just before sunset (although behind clouds), which was at 7:53pm. Also coming to the finish line with Lisa was her kayaker JC Malick:

The three remaining finishers broke Tampa Bay Marathon Swim records when they reached the finish line in darkness. Carl Selles, 67, from Aurora, Colorado arrived at Ben T. Davis Beach at 9:25pm, along with Ann von Spiegelfeld, 52, of Tampa, Florida. Since Spiegelfeld was granted an early start time(6:03am), her official time of 15 hours, 22 minutes broke the existing endurance record for the event. But her record was broken at 11:21pm, when Arnie Bellini, 54, of Tampa, Florida arrived at the finish line for the new record, 16 hours, 17 minutes:

Of the 4 relay teams that started the event, three teams were able to finish the swim, with the Bull Shark Open Water Swim Club finishing with the fastest time of the day, 10 hours, 8 minutes.

Watch a replay of the race GPS trackers>>>

Official Results - Solo Swimmers

Samantha Simon, 24F, Janesville, WI - 12 hours, 18 minutes
Lisa Hertz, 28F, Winter Haven, FL - 12 hours, 46 minutes
Carl Selles, 67M, Aurora, CO - 14 hours, 21 minutes
Ann von Spiegelfeld, 52F, Tampa, FL - 15 hours, 22 minutes
Arnie Bellini, 54M, Tampa, FL - 16 hours, 17 minutes

Official Results - Relay Teams

Bull Shark Beach Open Water Swim Club - 10 hours, 8 minutes
Big Donald Lutton, 44M, Miami, FL
Andrew Lutton, 49M, Tampa, FL
Christopher Beach, 44M, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Bubba Drody, 45M, Coral Gables, FL
Juan Cue, 54M, Tampa, FL
Scott Linebaugh, 53M, Tampa, FL

Delmarva Dogfish - 11 hours, 16 minutes
David Speier, 58M, Bishopville, MD
Jennifer Underwood, 31F, Salisbury, MD
Bill Snyder, 64M, Princess Anne, MD
Jeffrey Benner, 54M, Salisbury, MD
Charles Potterton, 38M,Salisbury, MD
Bruce Anderson, 61M, Salisbury, MD

SYSM Shark Bait - 11 hours, 49 minutes
Fernette Ramnath, 48F, Englewood, CO
Terri Goodman, 54F, Sarasota, FL
Marty Rauch, 49M, Sarasota, FL
Ray Becker, 53M, Sarasota, FL

Start List for April 19, 2014

Samantha Simon, 24F, Janesville, WI
Lisa Hertz, 28F, Winter Haven, FL
Thomas Bell, 45M, Wyomissing, PA
Kevin Joubert, 41M, Towson, MD
Gabriel Viti, 50M, Highland Park, IL
Thomas Hintz, 48M, Marshall, IL
Willy Blumentals, 41M, Secaucus, NJ
Bridgette Hobart, 51F, Lake Hopatcong, NJ
Carl Selles, 67M, Aurora, CO
Ann von Spiegelfeld, 52F, Tampa, FL
Dan Fritz, 50M, Chicago, IL
Arnie Bellini, 54M, Tampa, FL
Bart Cobb, 59M, Tampa, FL
Genevieve Mackwood, 54F, Ottawa, Ontario
Brian Lanahan, 38M, Charleston, SC
Steve Faulkner, 52M, Barrie, Ontario

Bull Shark Beach Open Water Swim Club
Big Donald Lutton, 44M, Miami, FL
Andrew Lutton, 49M, Tampa, FL
Christopher Beach, 44M, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Bubba Drody, 45M, Coral Gables, FL
Juan Cue, 54M, Tampa, FL
Scott Linebaugh, 53M, Tampa, FL

Delmarva Dogfish
David Speier, 58M, Bishopville, MD
Jennifer Underwood, 31F, Salisbury, MD
Bill Snyder, 64M, Princess Anne, MD
Jeffrey Benner, 54M, Salisbury, MD
Charles Potterton, 38M,Salisbury, MD
Bruce Anderson, 61M, Salisbury, MD

Kona Kaizen
Vince Schaper, 49M, St. Paul, MN
Hadar Aviram, 39F, San Francisco, CA
Cynthia Thomas, 65F, Houston, TX

SYSM Shark Bait
Fernette Ramnath, 48F, Englewood, CO
Terri Goodman, 54F, Sarasota, FL
Marty Rauch, 49M, Sarasota, FL
Ray Becker, 53M, Sarasota, FL

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