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Jim Whelan Open Water Festival

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The Jim Whelan Open Water Festival is an open water swimming event held in Atlantic City, New Jersey that is named after former Atlantic City Major Jim Whelan. It includes a a 400m and 2 km ocean swim and a renewal of the historic 22.5-mile (36.2 km) Atlantic City Around The Island Swim.


Robin Taylor of Green Whales Inc., with the blessing and support of the Whelan Family, the City of Atlantic City, the Atlantic City Board of Education, beach patrols of Ventnor, Margate, and Longport, USA Swimming, and local police, fire and rescue personnel.


To honor the late Jim Whelan and to support the Whelan’s Whales swim lesson and water safety program. The Atlantic City Around The Island Swim is part of the inaugural Jim Whelan Open Water Festival that will be held on 14 July 2019.

Around the Island Marathon History[edit]

Two Atlantic City lifeguards bet that they could swim around the island of Atlantic City in 1953. That began a long history of the Around the Island Marathon (ATI Marathon) that was last swum in 2006. Green Whales Inc. is bringing the historic race back for its 54th edition. The ATI Marathon is 22.75 miles (36.62 km) in length with 16 individual athlete spots and 8 relay team spots (up to 6 athletes per team).



All proceeds and fundraising from the festival’s three races (400m, 2 km, 36.62 km) will help support the free Whelan’s Whales program and the Atlantic City swimming and water safety youth programs.

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