Like the wildly popular Manhattan Island Marathon Swim and the ever-increasingly popular English Channel solo and relay channel, the Whiskey Joe's 13th Annual 24 Mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim remains a popular stop on the global marathon swimming schedule - especially given its spring date in the lead-up to the Northern Hemisphere's summer season.
The race will be held April 17th in 2010 and entries are now being accepted - click here. The event has been staged annually since 1998 to celebrate the revitalization of Florida's largest estuary and covers the entire 24-mile (38.6K) length of Tampa Bay and ends at Whiskey Joe's Bar and Grill.
Ron Collins, the Tampa Bay Marathon Swim race founder and director, also runs an Open Water Boot Camp that offers open water training sessions. While Florida may have a reputation for very warm water, qualifying swims for the English Channel or Manhattan Island Marathon Swim are possible in Florida's winter waters where temperatures at Clearwater Beach in January and February usually hover around 60°F (15.5°C).