- Associated Press - Saturday, September 19, 2015

ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) - A Colorado man has repeated as the overall winner of an open-water swimming competition off the Florida Keys.

Yoelvis Pedraza of Boulder, Colorado, completed the 9-mile Swim for Alligator Lighthouse on Saturday in 3 hours, 18 minutes and 3 seconds, besting his 2014 victory by almost 17 minutes.

Alison Hayden of Kinnelon, New Jersey, won the women’s title at 4:31:07.

Cyle Sage and Mandy Zipf, both of Belleair, Florida, won the two-person relay division with a time of 4:34:53.

Swimmers Emilienne Allen, Janice Haramis, Kimberly Nordheim and Michala Nowak, all from Hypoluxo, Florida, won the four-person class in 3:52:54.

The race was staged to raise awareness to preserve the 142-year-old Alligator Lighthouse and five other aging lighthouses off the Keys. Because of GPS, the beacons are no longer primary tools for maritime navigation.

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Online: http://www.swimalligatorlight.com

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