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Swim Across Lake Michigan

July 31st - August 1st, 2015

Have you ever found yourself explaining to out-of-town friends that "No, you can't see across Lake Michigan?" Have you wistfully stood on the shores and wondered how far across it you would swim? Are you an experienced open water swimmer who is intrigued by the thought of swimming across one of the Great Lakes?

This year, join Swim Across America - Chicago at the 2nd Swim Across Lake Michicagn event! We are looking for 25 strong swimmers and top fundraisers to join us on the shores of Lake Michigan. We are currently targeting Friday, July 31 to Saturday, August 1 for the first date we'd like to attempt the swim with other back-up dates in August. Want to learn more? Contact Sean Russell at Sean@swimacrossamerica.org

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General Information

This year, join Swim Across America - Chicago at the 2nd Swim Across Lake Michicagn event! This unique relay event covers approximately 43 miles in Lake Michigan & raises money for our local beneficiary. Our first lake crossing in 2013 had 21 swimmers who left the shores of Chicago on a Friday evening and landed in Michiana, MI 23 hours later. These 21 swimmers were able to say with pride that they crossed swimming across Lake Michigan off of their "bucket list," but more importantly, they collectively raised $110,000 for cancer research at Rush.

We are looking for 25 strong swimmers and top fundraisers to join us on the shores of Lake Michigan. Due to the unique nature of this event, registration is limited and each participant must be pre-approved to participate. Fundraising minimums are set at $2,500 and the goal for this year's swim is to exceed the 2013 number.

We are currently targeting Friday, July 31 to Saturday, August 1 for the first date we'd like to attempt the swim with other back-up dates in August. Want to learn more? Contact Sean Russell at Sean@swimacrossamerica.org

Swim Format

  • Relay match race style
  • There will be two teams
  • Each team will have 8 legs
  • The first leg will be 40 minutes
  • Each leg thereafter will be 30 minutes
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Swimmer Requirements

There is very limited space available for this event because swimmers will be on boats during the day. Swim Across America has 14 spots on the boats available. If you are interested in participating, sign up for the Chicago Open Water Swim with a goal of at least $2,500. Once you reach that goal, we will reach out to you to invite you to be a part of the relay event. 

Swim Rules

  • All swimmers in an upcoming leg will changeover behind the leading swimmer of the leading team
  • The swimmers must be behind the feet of the lead swimmer at the change time
  • Teams will gain points for winning a leg
  • No additional aid is allowed while swimmers are in the water
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