Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The local Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum in Key West, Florida is interested in making a display about Bill Welzien‘s marathon swimming career that includes 87 total 12.5-mile (20.1 km) circumnavigation swims around Key West and his two Sea of Galilee swims (double width swim in 2015 + single lengthwise swim in 2009).

Welzien has been steadily chugging towards history’s longest Century Swim, only 13 marathon swims away from his 100th open water swim in the same venue.

On December 29th 2016, Welzien completed his most recent circumnavigation (#87) in 6 hours 12 minutes in the typically warm waters (77.5°F/25.2°C) and steady winds (5-10 mph) around the most southern point of the state of Florida, escorted by kayaker Jeremy Smith [shown above].

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