Bill Welzien

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Bill Welzien after completing his Century Swim, his 100th career circumnavigation swim around Key West, Florida on 19 May 2018
Escort kayaker Doug Weeks with 68-year-old Bill Welzien's 91st circumnavigation swim of Key West, Florida on 11 July 2017
Bill Welzien swimming across the Sea of Tiberias in Israel
David Welzien with Bill Welzien after completing 122nd career solo circumnavigation swim of 20.1 km around Key West in southern Florida in 6 hours 59 minutes on 11 May 2021. His streak began in 1991 and continues through 2021

William Welzien (born in Chicago on 16 April 1950, nickname Ciastko) is a 71-year-old American open water swimmer and race director of the 12.5-mile (20.1 km) Swim Around Key West, one of the longest continuously running marathon swims in the world. He has completed 123 circumnavigation swims around Key West, Florida as of 26 June 2021.

Marathon Swimming

Swim Around Key West

The Swim Around Key West began in 1976 by Anna Fugina, who had suffered injuries from a car accident and used swimming as therapy to assist in recovery. On 4 July 1976, Fugina took roughly 12 hours to finish the circumnavigation around Key West. In 1968, she finished in 8 hours. She completed the 37th annual Swim Around Key West in a relay in 6 hours 42 minutes.

The race takes a clockwise course around Key West, the southernmost tip of Florida and is held in June. The original Swim Around Key West is held in beautiful, shallow, generally calm warm waters (85°F or 29.4ºC) with the bottom of the ocean visible throughout the course. Abundant marine life includes Conch shells, manna rays, seaweed, sting rays, sea turtles, very docile nurse sharks and colorful tropical fish. Race includes a solo swim, a 2-person relay and a 4-person relay.

Career Circumnavigation Swims

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