Online registration is now closed, but you can still register at the event on Sunday morning. To do so event morning please bring your checks and donation money for the minimum amount with you.
Welcome to the fourth annual Swim Across America, Baltimore Open-Water Swim. This swim supports the Swim Across America Lab at Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. Whether you are a returning swimmer or looking to do your first Open Water swim, we welcome you to our Swim Across America family!
A person may elect to swim alone as, or be part of a team. Either way swimmers may register as a swimmer or wavemaker swimmer (see swimmer requirements tab). Many colleagues will form corporate 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. Through swimming events such as ours, teams demonstrate our commitment to find a cure.
Each team must have at least 5 members and raise a minimum of $3000.
For those people who are nervous about swimming in the open water, we have "swim angels" who are willing to swim alongside you for encouragement. These people are experienced open water swimmers who are more than happy to encourage you, keep an eye on you and ease any anxiety you may have.
Additionally, those wishing to sign up as swim angels can sign up as a part of Team Angel. If you would like to sign up and fundraise with a different team, but are interested in being a swim angel, please reach out to will directly at email@example.com.
We will once again have the swim at the beautiful High Tide Farm formally known as Waltjen Shedlick Farm at 5101 Mountain Road, Pasadena, MD 21122. The body of water we will be swimming in is the Redhouse Cove. It is a gorgeous cove with flat water making it very swimmer friendly!
The swim course will be the same 1 mile loop as in years past. Swimmers have the option of a 1 or 3 mile swim. See above time line for start sequence.
3 mile swimmers will exit the water after each loop, take a brief jog on the sand and reenter the course. If you choose to swim 3 miles, you must complete your first 2 loops by 10:10 AM to reenter the course to complete the final mile. This will assure that we fulfill our obligation to clear the course for public use and assure that our wonderful volunteers can participate in the festivities.
This swim is non-competitive, though timing chips will be provided. It is mandatory that all swimmers have the timing chip on their ankle prior to entering the start pen.
NO CHANGES TO SWIM DISTANCE WILL BE MADE AFTER WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 OR ON EVENT DAY.
Please observe the NO PETS ALLOWED policy at the Baltimore SAA venue. If not observed, your pet must be confined to your vehicle. Thank you!
Wetsuits are optional, but strongly encouraged. Water temperatures range from 65-75 degrees in September. Last year the water was a perfect 73 degrees and felt warm.
Beginner Swimmers Training:
Interested in participating but need to learn how to swim for your first open water experience? We have designed a 16 week program to help you get ready. We will have for more information on our SAA - Baltimore Michael Phelps Swim Series soon.
All donations are tax-deductible. Proceeds from the Baltimore Swim will be donated to cancer research, prevention and treatment at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.
In the Swim Across America Laboratory at Johns Hopkins, scientists recently received worldwide attention for developing a genomic-based test for ovarian and endometrial cancers, using fluid collected from routine pap tests. The new test, called PapGene, is undergoing further testing, but promises to pioneer the use of genomic-based screening tests. Click here to learn more!
You may support the swimmer of your choice by making an online donation. Or you may send a check, payable to Swim Across America and mail to:
6420 Pratt Ave.
Be sure to indicate the name of the swimmer you are donating to.
EVENT DAY TIMELINE
6:00 – 7:15 am: Registration/Check in
THERE WILL BE NO EVENT DAY CHANGES TO SWIM DISTANCE
7:30 am: Swimmer Safety Talk and Group Photograph
|It is mandatory that all swimmers wear a timing chip that will be issued at the time of registration. The timing chip must be on your ankle before entering the pen area.|
|8:10 am: All 3 mile swimmers must be in the start pen
|8:30 am: 3 Mile Start|
|8:40 am: 1 Mile Swimmers must be in the start pen. Swimmers will be moved to waters edge for start.|
|9:00 am: 1 mile start.|
|9:45 am: Post Event Party with activities & light breakfast for participants. Prizes will be awarded for the best Team Cheer!
|10:15 am: Awards Ceremony
This is a fundraising event, and we ask all of our swimmers to put forth a concerted effort to raise money for cancer research. Most swimmers find that it is surprisingly easy to raise money, especially those swimmers who use the website we provide to update their personal page and send emails.
You can register as either a Swimmer or a WaveMaker Swimmer.
WaveMaker Swimmer - A WaveMaker Swimmer is someone who wants to go above and beyond the fundraising minimum! WaveMakers are signing up to raise $1,000 (double the minimum!) by event day. By pledging to raise this much in advance, we will award all WaveMakers who reach this goal with a special shirt at the event and special recognition in the event journal.
Swimmer - A swimmer is required to raise $500 by event day. They will receive a tshirt and towel for their fundraising efforts.
After choosing which type is right for you, you can choose your distance. You can choose from 1 mile or 3 mile distances.
The open water event will be capped this year to the first 475 swimmers. Register early!
There is a registration fee that will be credited towards each swimmer's fundraising minimum after registering. The registration fee will change as follows: