ISLAMADORA, Fla. (AP) — A Boca Raton woman has won top individual honors at the inaugural Alligator Reef Lighthouse Swim in the Florida Keys.
Dale LeClair completed the 8-mile Atlantic Ocean course Saturday in 4 hours, 49 minutes and 37 seconds.
The 43-year-old woman said her strategy was to take breaks and remain well hydrated. She said Diana Nyad's recent Cuba-to-Key West trek should attract more women to endurance swimming.
Winners in the two-person team division were Miami residents Corey Welch and Luis Comulada who finished in 4:06:16. In the four-person category, Brett Irvin of Marathon, Mike Walsh of Islamorada, and Palm Beach residents Andrew Greener and Emilienne Allen won in 4:26:41.
The race attracted 154 athletes and hopes to raise awareness to preserve six aging lighthouses.
Alligator Reef Lighthouse Swim: http://www.swimalligatorlight.com/