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Atlanta Open Water Swim

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Welcome to the Swim Across America - Atlanta Open Water Swim.  Swimmers of all ages are invited to take part in our annual event in beautiful Lake Spivey. Whether you are a veteran swimmer or you're looking to do your first open water swim, we welcome you to help us fight cancer at the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

All swimmers raise money to support the cause, and those who feel particularly motivated to raise even more, can register as WaveMaker Swimmers.  We welcome you to help us "Make Waves to Fight Cancer!"

 

Progress

Make a Gift
Goal:
$250,000.00
Achieved:
$50.00

General Information

Be a WaveMaker Swimmer:

WaveMakers are elite SAA fundraisers. All swimmers raise at least $250 ($100 for children), but WaveMakers (WM) go above and beyond the call of duty by pledging to raise at least $1000. You can sign up to be a WaveMaker when you register but, even if you don't, you will automatically become one when you hit the $1000 mark. WMs get an exclusive WM dry fit shirt, worn by all SAA WaveMakers across the country. They also get access to the WM village on event day where they will have access to other perks and swag. 

Swim as an Individual, or on a Team

A person may elect to swim alone, or be part of a team. Many colleagues and college alumni will form teams, or teams may be formed in honor or memory of a loved one.  All teams are inspirational and rewarding for all of us involved with Swim Across America. Companies looking to sponsor teams can do so for $5000.

Fundraising Requirements for Everyone

All swimmers are required to raise at least $250 by event day.  Swimmers under 18 are required to raise $100 by event day.

Distance Options

  • 1 Mile
  • 5K
  • 2 Mile Relay (up to 4 swimmers completing 1/2 mile loops)

Registrations Fees

There is a registration fee that will be credited towards each swimmer's fundraising minimum after registering. The registration fee will change as follows:

  • Register before March 1st with a registration fee of $25
  • Register between March 1st and April 1st with a registration fee of $50
  • Register on or after April 1st with a registration fee of $75

NOTE: If registering multiple people, you will be able to use the same email address for as many people as you would like.  However, each person will need to have their own username and password to be able to login to their participant center. If you are having trouble registering a second person to swim, make sure you are logged out in the upper right hand corner of the website before beginning the registration process again.

Giving:

All donations are tax-deductible and proceeds will go to the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

You may support the swimmer of your choice by making an online donation. Or you may send a check, payable to Swim Across America, to the address below. 
Swim Across America 
c/o Nancy Peek
P.O. Box 1078
Tucker, GA 30085
Make sure to include a note with the name of the swimmer you are donating to.

Click here to learn more about our beneficiary.

Contingency Plan for Lightening or Extreme Weather

In the event of lightening or extreme weather, participants and volunteers will be shuttled to the Nassau building at International Park (same location as event parking). We will delay the start of the next event up to 2 hours maximum before cancelling the event. No refunds will be offered, however, on-site participants will receive an event towel, tshirt and goodie bag.

Wetsuit Rental or Purchase:

Wetsuits are strongly encouraged for the open water swim. Lake temperatures will range from the 50's - 70's depending on spring weather. We will post lake temperatures to the website in April. We have partnered with wetsuitrental.com and All3Sports to provide wetsuits to our participants. More information below:

WetSuitRental.com
What will the rental price or prices be?
$45 for adults triathlon wetsuits, $30 for youth (<100lbs) triathlon wetsuits, $25 for children's (<65lbs) basic wetsuits. Gender and sleeve style do not affect pricing. 
What will the order by date be?
There will be no deadline. Ordering the final Wednesday or later, the swimmer will need to upgrade from free shipping (Postal Service Priority Mail) to FedEx 2-Day or FedEx Overnight. Both options are available at checkout for an additional fee.
How does delivery and return work?
Each order will receive a prepaid return label and poly-envelope in which to send back the wetsuit(s) after the event. All suits must be back in the mail by Wednesday, May 7th. All orders received by Monday 4/21 will be delivered by Friday 4/25, in time for the test run swim on April 27th for no additional charge. Orders received on Tuesday 4/22 would also likely be delivered by Friday 4/25 but might be as late as Saturday 4/26. Orderes received on Wednesday 4/23 before noon PST would likely be delivered by Saturday 4/26. An upgrade to FedEx 2-Day Express would guarantee delivery by Friday 4/25. If more time is required on either the front or back end, the additional cost is $15/week.
How do I know the fit will be right for me?
Wetsuitrental.com has a very detailed questionaire for the swimmer so as to assure the best possible fit.
Will there be any discount codes that need to be used when participants call into rent or link from our website to yours to make the rental?
Using code SAA_ATL_14 will deduct $20 from the rental price of each wetsuit at checkout. Please note that it will only work for the following items:
Rent a Triathlon Wetsuit - ADULT
Rent a Triathlon Wetsuit - YOUTH
The code will not work on multiple wetsuits packages. A household ordering 2 wetsuits should NOT order "Rent 2 Triathlon Wetsuits" item (regular price $120) but should order 2 separate "Rent a Traithlon Wetsuit - ADULT" items (regular price $65 each). The coupon code will then deduct $20 from each suit rental.
There are no other discounts available for USAT or USA swimming members. 

All 3 Sports
What will the rental price or prices be?
$65 (less 10%). Gender and sleeve style do not affect pricing.
What will the order by date be?
Until the week of the event. Limited availability the later the order is placed.
Will there be any discount codes that need to be used when participants call into rent or link from our website to yours to make the rental?
10% off for all participants. Dynamo participants get $20 off purchase or rental of a wetsuit. 10% off purchase of a wetsuit.
How will participants handle their pick up and return of the wetsuits?
All participants must pick up their wetsuits at our store location. They will be asked to try on the wetsuit so proper fit is achieved. They must return the wetsuit to the store within 7 days of rental.
What if I need the wetsuit for both the test swim on 4/27 and the open water swim on 5/4? 
Rental for both weekends (3 day rentals each) is $100, which is $20 discount off the normal price. 

Venue:

Lake Spivey is a 600+ acre private lake located in Clayton County, Georgia and home to 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist, Steve Lundquist. This is no place in this part of our country as beautiful and unique as this lake, which will provide for a closed course and amazing support from local residents. The lake provides for water sports, fishing and relaxing and is conveniently located near the large transportation hub of Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport, a few minutes from interstate highways of 75-85, 285 & 675.

Lake Spivey

Click here for more photos of the swim site.

Questions?

Visit our Contact Us page

Event Day Timeline

This is an estimated timeline. We will have a more concrete one as the day approaches. All changes to your choice of a 1 mile, 5K or 2 Mile Relay must be made prior to May 1st. No changes on event day! 

NOTE: Online registration will close on Friday, May 1st at 8:00 pm. We will have day of registration at $100 for kids and $250 for adults. 

Rain or shine, we will have the event. We will have up to 1 hour delay for thunder and/or lightening.

EVENT DAY TIMELINE

8:00 – 10:00 am: Registration/Check in
8:50 am: 5K Swimmer Safety Talk
9:00 am: 5K Swim Start
9:15 am: 2 Mile Relay Safety Talk
9:30 am: 2 Mile Relay Start
9:50 am: 1 Mie Swimmer Safety Talk
10:00 am: 1 Mile Swim Start
11:00 am: Awards Ceremony
11:30 am:  Event Concludes

 

Be a WaveMaker Swimmer:

WaveMakers are elite SAA fundraisers. All swimmers raise at least $250 ($100 for children), but WaveMakers (WM) go above and beyond the call of duty by pledging to raise at least $1000. You can sign up to be a WaveMaker when you register but, even if you don't, you will automatically become one when you hit the $1000 mark. WMs get an exclusive WM dry fit shirt, worn by all SAA WaveMakers across the country. They also get access to the WM village on event day where they will have access to other perks and swag. 

Swim as an Individual, or on a Team

A person may elect to swim alone, or be part of a team. Many colleagues and college alumni will form teams, or teams may be formed in honor or memory of a loved one.  All teams are inspirational and rewarding for all of us involved with Swim Across America. Companies looking to sponsor teams can do so for $5000.

Fundraising Requirements for Everyone

All swimmers are required to raise at least $250 by event day.  Swimmers under 18 are required to raise $100 by event day.

Distance Options

  • 1 Mile
  • 5K
  • 2 Mile Relay (up to 4 swimmers completing 1/2 mile loops)

Registrations Fees

There is a registration fee that will be credited towards each swimmer's fundraising minimum after registering. The registration fee will change as follows:

  • Register before March 1st with a registration fee of $25
  • Register between March 1st and April 1st with a registration fee of $50
  • Register on or after April 1st with a registration fee of $75

NOTE: If registering multiple people, you will be able to use the same email address for as many people as you would like.  However, each person will need to have their own username and password to be able to login to their participant center. If you are having trouble registering a second person to swim, make sure you are logged out in the upper right hand corner of the website before beginning the registration process again.

Transportation and Parking

Hotel Information:

There is a Swim Across America rate of $99 at the Holiday Inn & Suites.

Directions

Located approximately 15 miles south of Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson aiport.  Take Freeway 75 south to exit 228. Turn right onto GA 138W. Immediately turn left onto Spivey Road. Turn right onto Walt Stephens Road. Parking will be located on the right hand side of the road at Indian Lake - look for SAA signs.

Shuttles will run every 2-5 minutes for the 2 mile ride to Creek Indian Trail Road located 1.5 miles away. 

Address for parking:
2390 Walt Stephens Road, Jonesboro, GA 30236
This is at the back entrance to International Park. View the map here. 

Address of Lake Spivey access for swimmer/volunteer drop (no parking):
2580 Creek Indian Trail, Jonesboro, GA 30236

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