The 2011 Crippen Mile Open Water Swim


Saturday, June 11th, 6:30 p.m.

Fort Myers Beach, Florida


On October 23, the open water swim community lost one of the most inspirational, well respected, and competitive swimmers the sport has ever seen.  But as Fran Crippen has last an indelible mark on all of our lives, this race has been established in his name to pay tribute to the legacy he left us.  This race will embody the love for the sport of swimming and the eagerness to compete at our highest potential.  All of the proceeds from the race will benefit the Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation, which the Crippen Family has established to “Empower athletes who exemplify the principles Fran embodied as they journey to elevate themselves, by providing aid and advocating for safe competitive environments.”  We welcome swimmers of all ages, amateur and elite, to come out and enjoy this beautiful race while supporting our brother Fran.

The Fort Myers Estero Open Water Festival has been generous in offering to host the first annual Crippen Mile Open Water Swim.  With the support of USA Swimming, PMG Sports, and Elevation Athletics, the event is poised to be a tremendous success.  The race will takes place in the Gulf of Mexico, in the waters off of Fort Myers Beach.  The one mile “drag race” style course will start and finish on the beach and will go in one direction, from north to south.  Prior to the start of the race, the swimmers will be taken up the beach to the starting area and swim back towards the festival area.  There will be no wet suits or flotation devices and paddles allowed in the race.

We are all thrilled to be offering this event and look forward to seeing you all at the race!


The EA Team

Race Director:

Gregg Cross

Gulf Coast Swim Team


Race Day Information:

Check in:  5:00 P.M. at Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers, FL.

Race Start: 6:30 P.M. at Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers, FL.

All participants must have a valid USA Swimming or US Masters Swimming Membership.  One day memberships will be available for participants to purchase on race day.


As safety is a critical component of the Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation, all organizations hosting this event are determined to make this event the standard for providing a safe open water swim.

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Colored swim will be provided, and it will be required that all swimmers wear the race caps during the race.  There will be safety boats, including both power and paddle crafts that will monitor the entire course, prior to the race, during the swim, and until all swimmers have exited the water.


Online Registration on Active: January 1, 2011 to June 10, 2011: $20.00

Paper Registration, January 1 to June 6, 2011: $20.00

Race Day Registration: $30.00



Mailing Information

Gregg Cross

21301 S.Tamiami Tr, 320-111

Estero, Fl 33928

(Include a copy of USA Swimming or U.S. Masters Swimming Members Card.  Make checks payable to Southwest Florida Swim Club)

Registration fee includes an event t-shirt and swim cap.


Age Group Information

Age Group: 10 under, 11-12, 13-14, 15-19, 20-14, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60+

Sanctioning and Refund Policy

Sanctioned by:  USA Swimming, Sanction # TBA, Dixie Zone Swimming for United States Masters Swimming, Sanction # TBA

No refunds will be offered will be offered for this event.

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