ISLAMORADA, Fla. (WFLA/NBC) – Hundreds of swimmers participated in an 8-mile race in the Florida Keys Saturday.
Over 350 national and international swimmers participated in the annual Swim for Alligator Lighthouse.
It’s an open water challenge where participants swam to the lighthouse, rounded the beacon and returned to the starting point at Amara Cay Resort.
A 31-year-old Miami resident was the top swimmer, with a time of 2 hours, 55 minutes and 36 seconds.
The top female finisher was a 29-year-old Tampa woman who completed the race in 3 hours, 4 minutes and 21 seconds.
The annual event takes place to raise awareness of preserving the 145-year-old Alligator Reef Lighthouse, as well as five other aging lighthouses off the Florida Keys.
The event also raises college scholarship funds for students in the Florida Keys who are interested in competitive swimming.