Since the 24 Mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim was first staged in 1998, it has drawn competitors from across the United States, from Great Britain, Guatemala, Italy, Mexico, Australia, Ireland, Japan, Switzerland, Baliwick of Jersey, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Germany, India, Canada, and the Cayman Islands. The race is one of the world's longest marathon swims, and is held annually in April, in celebration of Earth Day.
February 12, 2019 Update
The 21st Annual 24 Mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim will be on April 20th
The entry deadline is March 1st. It is one of the world's longest and most challenging marathon swim races.
Tampa Bay, Florida, USA - The next Tampa Bay Marathon Swim race will be on Saturday, April 20, 2019. The application deadline for solo entrants and relay teams is March 1st.
2019 Start List
Carolina Mora Solano, 41F, Heredia, Costa Rica (April 20, 2019)
Michael Dolence,46M, Knightstown, IN, USA
Carolina Mora, 41F, Belén, Heredia, Costa Rica
Jamie Proffitt, 53M, Bend, OR, USA
Qing Li, 29F, Chicago, IL, USA
Jenny Smith, 45F, Chatanooga, TN, USA
Marcia Cleveland, 54F, Winnetka, IL USA (Completed December 31, 2018)
This 24 mile ultra-distance marathon swim race starts at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and ends on the Courtney Campbell Causeway in Tampa in a race that covers the entire length of Tampa Bay. The event is held each year to celebrate Earth Day and the revitalization of Florida's largest estuary. It is one of the world's longest marathon swimming races, and is a part of the Grand Slam of Open Water Marathon Swimming, which also includes The English Channel, Manhattan Island, and the Catalina Island marathon swims. States, from Great Britain, Guatemala, Italy, Mexico, Australia, Ireland, Japan, Switzerland, Baliwick of Jersey, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Germany, India, Canada, Cayman Islands, and now: Costa Rica.
Entry forms are now available upon request, from the Race Director.
For more information, contact:
The Tampa Bay Marathon Swim
Distance Matters, Inc.
Ron Collins, Race Director
PO Box 18004
Clearwater, FL 33762-9998
Tampa Bay Marathon Swim Records
7:41 - Chris Derks, 2002 (Overall & Men's Record)
7:51 - Penny Palfrey, 2008 (Women's Record)
18:09 - Andrew Heinrich, 2015 (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)
10:21 - Barbara Held, 2011 (Oldest Female Swimmer, age 57)
10:21 - Mighty Mermaids, 2017 (Senior Open Relay 50+)