The 11th Annual Swim for Alligator Lighthouse is Helping Save One of Florida’s Treasures

July 3, 2024

The Swim for Alligator Lighthouse registration is pacing strong. Registration is open for solo, 2-person, 3-person, and 4-person relay entries.

Fernandina Beach, Florida /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – The Swim for Alligator Lighthouse, located in Islamorada, FL, is the fourth stop on the Speedo SALT Series. This international, 8-mile swim is a challenge unlike any other and is not for the faint of heart. During this bucket list, tropical open water swim, you will encounter stunningly beautiful marine life as you race four miles out to the lighthouse, and four miles back.

Year after year, swimmers return to conquer the Swim For Alligator Lighthouse. Race in the Solo category, or join a 2-person, 3-person, or 4-person relay team. Swimmers are encouraged to read and review all the rules before registering for this event. Solo swimmers will be required to have kayak support for the entire race. Power boats are not allowed on any portion of the swim course on race day. Only event support craft allowed.

“Each year we look forward to bringing together the open water swimming community for several days of camaraderie, competition, and an exciting charitable cause,” said Matt Dunn, Swim for Alligator Lighthouse co-race director.

The race will start and finish from Islamorada’s ever-impressive Amara Cay Resort, located at Mile Marker 80. The Amara Cay Resort is anchored in the laid-back style and carefree atmosphere that makes Islamorada the Sport Fishing Capital of the World. Reflecting the easy tranquility of the Upper Keys, Amara Cay Resort seamlessly blends recreation with relaxation. Hammocks dot the sandy shoreline, palm trees sway in the breeze and a shimmering oceanfront pool beckons early risers.

Swimmers wishing to participate in the race should register online at: https://www.swimalligatorlight.com/

Proceeds from the swim benefit the Friends of the Pool, an all-volunteer 501c3 organization in Islamorada, responsible for the overall restoration of the Alligator Reef Lighthouse.

In 2021, the Secretary of the Interior notified the Friends of the Pool Board of Directors that their application for ownership of the Alligator Reef Lighthouse was accepted. Their efforts continue to bring awareness to treasured Historic Lighthouses on Florida’s Coastal Waterways.

“Alligator Lighthouse was lit in 1873 and it stayed lit until about 2013, and then it went dark for 10 years,” said Rob Dixon, the executive director of Save Alligator Lighthouse, which took over the lighthouse’s title in late 2021. “And now our Statue of Liberty is lit once again. There’s nobody in this community that doesn’t want to help our project,” he said.

To preserve, educate, and illuminate the Alligator Lighthouse, the Friends of the Pool are committed to raising $5,000,000 by 2026. To make a generous gift offline, please contact Captain Rob Dixon at info@savealligatorlighthouse.org.

Remaining 2024 Speedo SALT Series Dates

Swim for Alligator Lighthouse, Islamorada, FL, September 7, 2024

Southern Cross, Fort Myers Beach, FL, December 7, 2024

For further information, please contact Matt Dunn at matt@saltysportssociety.com, log onto www.saltysportssociety.com or on social media at @saltysportssociety.

Contact: Matt Dunn

July 1, 2024 904-303-0552