The colors of the water in the inaugural Alligator Reef Lighthouse Swim were dramatically vivid.

Baby blues, sea greens, grays with all kinds of shades and hues to delight the senses.

154 solo swimmers and relay members participated in the 8-mile ocean swim in the Florida Keys and helped raise awareness of the need to preserve six aging lighthouses off the Florida Keys. 43-year-old Dale LeClair of Boca Raton, Florida won the Alligator Reef Lighthouse Swim in 4 hours 49 minutes.

Winners in the 2-person relay team division were Miami residents Corey Welch and Luis Comulada who finished in 4 hours 6 minutes. Victors in the 4-person category were Florida residents Brett Irvin, Mike Walsh, Andrew Greener, and Emilienne Allen in 4 hours 26 minutes. The top 25 finishers in the solo 8-mile race with their 100m pace and overall time.

1. Dale LeClair (43) 1:57 pace per 100, 4:49:37.48
2. Portia Culley (42) 2:00 pace, 4:56:31.30 [fins]
3. Luther Davis (39) 2:01 pace, 4:58:21.40
4. David R. Heffernan (53) 2:01 pace, 4:59:44.62 [fins]
5. Carlos Lloreda (59) 2:01 pace, 5:00:01.76
6. Denise Desalniers (48) 2:03 pace, 5:04:48.56 [fins]
7. Wayne Hannum (60) 2:05 pace, 5:08:51.97
8. Cesar J. Valdesuso (70) 2:05 pace, 5:09:34.00 [fins]
9. Kelsea Volland (16) 2:07 pace, 5:14:34.40
10. Danielle Maham (43) 2:13 pace, 5:29:26.69
11. Sarah Maschal (35) 2:17 pace, 5:39:47.65
12. Chuck Tanner (56) 2:17 pace, 5:39:48.66
13. Alexander Harling (40) 2:18 pace, 5:42:28.55
14. Julie Salvetti (51) 2:19 pace, 5:43:00.39
15. Karl Stine (54) 2:19 pace, 5:44:05.46
16. Kerri Kanuga (43) 2:19 pace, 5:44:14.88
17. Evan O’sheehan (16) 2:20 pace, 5:47:09.17
18. William Welzien (63) 2:23 pace, 5:54:09.25
19. Richard Fohr (49) 2:24 pace, 5:55:29.44
20. Andrea Roach (39) 2:25 pace, 5:59:06.93
21. Christopher Audet (40) 2:31 pace, 6:13:13.90
22. Elizabeth Berns (36) 2:32 pace, 6:14:53.91
23. Larry Herlth (53) 2:47 pace, 6:53:31.96
24. Rob Dixon (52) 2:57 pace, 7:17:11.20
25. Tom Krasner (51) 3:05 pace, 7:37:21.13

Photos by Andy Newman of the Florida Keys News Bureau.

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