Absecon Island is located in Atlantic City on the Jersey Shore in the state of New Jersey. It is site of many ocean swims and the former professional marathon swim called the Atlantic City Around the Island Swim, a 22.5-km (36.2 km) circumnavigation around Absecon Island.
Atlantic City Around the Island Swim
• Course: Demanding swim with strong tides and current, varying conditions and water temperatures that can range from 55°F (12.7°C) in the open ocean to 85°F (29.4°C) in the back bay.
• Distance: 22.5 miles (37 km)
• Traditional Date of Race (no longer held): August
• The Atlantic City Around the Island Marathon Swim was a traditionally one of the most competitive professional marathon swims in the world, held 54 times since 1954, annually attracting the world’s best professional marathon swimmers. It has been called the hardest race in the world because conditions vary so greatly. Escort boats are rowed by local lifeguards.