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Distance Matters

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Distance Matters ( is an organization founded by Ron Collins that promotes and organizes the Tampa Bay Marathon Swim and Open Water Boot Camp in Clearwater, Florida.

Tampa Bay Marathon Swim Records[edit]

  • Overall / men's record: Chris Derks, 2002, 7 hours 41 minutes
  • Women's record: Penny Palfrey in 2008, 7 hours 51 minutes
  • Longest time in water: Arnie Bellini in 2014, 16 hours 17 minutes
  • First swimmer: Ron Collins in 1998, 9 hours 52 minutes
  • First women: Gail Rice in 1998, 8 hours 34 minutes
  • Fastest 3-person relay: Team Hammerhead in 2006, 7 hours 53 minutes
  • Fastest 6-person relay: The Sharks in 2006, 7 hours 39 minutes
  • Oldest male swimmer: 14:21 - Carl Selles in 2014, 14 hours 21 minutes at the age of 67
  • Oldest female swimmer: 15:22 - Ann von Spiegelfeld in 2014, 15 hours 22 minutes at the age of 52

Ron Collins[edit]

Ron Collins is an American pool and open water swimmer, coach and race director of open water swimming competitions and charity swims. Collins was the first person to swim across Tampa Bay in 1998. He is the race director and founder of the 24-mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim. Together with his wife Rebecca Collins, he is also the co-founder and race director of the Swim Across America Tampa Bay, a charity swim that is part of the Swim Across America program, and the Open Water Boot Camp in Clearwater, Florida. He also achieved the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming on 10 September 2013 when he completed the Catalina Channel after completing the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 2002, and the English Channel in 2004.

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