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Greenwich - Stamford Open Water Swim

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Welcome to the Swim Across America -Greenwich Open Water Swim.  Swimmers of all ages are invited to take part in our annual event in beautiful Long Island Sound. 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. Our beneficiary is Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy.

 

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!" The swim will be held in Long Island Sound, 96 Cummings Point Road in Stamford, CT. Please visit the "Travel" tab for more information.

 

Progress

Make a Gift
Goal:
$400,000.00
Achieved:
$1,450.00
Top Fundraisers

WaveMaker Swimmer

  1. Fundraiser Kickstarter James Coppola - $100.00
  2. Fundraiser Kickstarter Donald McCrossen - $50.00
  3. Fundraiser Kickstarter Andy Alisberg - $50.00
  4. Fundraiser Kickstarter Michelle Simard - $50.00
  5. Fundraiser Kickstarter Kristina Norrgard - $25.00

Swimmer

  1. Fundraiser Kickstarter Andrew Maloney - $750.00
  2. Fundraiser Kickstarter Anne Holmes - $125.00
  3. Fundraiser Kickstarter Kaitlyn Holmes - $125.00
  4. Fundraiser Kickstarter Pasquale Papale - $50.00
  5. Fundraiser Kickstarter Sandro Mariani - $50.00
  6. Fundraiser Kickstarter Scott Benowitz - $25.00
  7. Fundraiser Kickstarter Howard Alkoff - $25.00
  8. Fundraiser Kickstarter Chris Gendell - $25.00

Pool Swimmer

Team Honor Roll
  1. Brunswick Bruins - $100.00

General Information

Fundraising Requirements for Everyone

All swimmers are required to raise at least $500 by event day.

Swimmers under 18 are required to raise $300 by event day.

Distance Options

  • 1/2 Mile
  • 1.5 Mile
  • 3 Mile

Registration 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 15th with a registration fee of $25
  • Register between March 15th and May 1st with a registration fee of $50
  • Register on or after May 1st with a registration fee of $75

Team Challenges

  • If your team is one of the first 8 teams to reach $10,000, a general sponsor will donate $2,000 to your team's fundraising efforts!
  • Recruit a NEW team and receive $2,000 for your team.  Help us grow this swim and raise even more money for ACGT.  (A team consists of 5 new swimmers who raise the minimum requirements -- $500 or $300 for under 18

Virtual Participation

If you can't join us on the day of the event, or aren't ready to hop into the Sound yet, you can still be a part of the team. Do your own swim and raise money for cancer - and you will be in the company of SAA swimmers of all ages and skill levels, living all over the world, who use their love of swimming to make a difference. Do your own swim or use your participation in another event to inspire people to support you. Do it on your own, with your friends, or with a team. We encourage you to join us at the Greenwich Open Water Swim to celebrate your success!

Bring a Friend:

We are giving something special to all those who refer a friend. Ask someone to join you for this year's open water swim and make sure they enter your name during the registration process. Swimming is more fun with a friend by your side!

Giving

All donations are tax-deductible and proceeds will go to the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy.

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 Jacque Lang
14 Little Ridge Road
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Make sure to include a note with the name of the swimmer you are donating to.

Click here to learn more about our beneficiary.

Location

The swim will be held in beautfiul Long Island Sound, 96 Cummings Point Road in Stamford, CT. Please visit the "Travel" tab for directions. 

Course

Click here to see the course map

Wetsuits

All swimmers will be required to wear a wetsuit.  If you do not own a wetsuit, two local retailers have offered wetsuit discounts for Swim Across America participants.  Just be sure to mention Swim Across America. 

Threads & Treads
17 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT
www.threadsandtreads.com) - 203.661.0142
Offering a 10% discount off any new wetsuit purchase.  
 
The Ski and Scuba Connection 
26 Saint Roch Avenue, Greenwich, CT
www.skiandscubaconnection.com) - 203.629.4766 
Offering a discounted wetsuit rental for only $10/day - and they will also offer a 15% discount off any wetsuit purchase. 

Questions:

Learn more about the Greenwich Committee here or visit our Contact Us page

Event Day Timeline

NOTE: Online registration will close on Friday, June 26th at 5:00 pm.

EVENT DAY TIMELINE

6:30 am: 3 Miler Registration
7:00 am: Registration/Check in
 7:30 am: 3 Miler Swim Start
8:00 am: Swimmer safety meeting & group photograph
 8:30 am: 1.5 Mile Swim Start
 8:45 am: 1/2 Mile Swim Start
Approx 10:00 am: Awards Ceremony. Bring the whole family for food & fun!
3 Milers will launch at 7:30 AM. Registration details will be emailed to you separately. 

Please arrive promptly at 7:00 at ACGT for registration.  The address is 96 Cummings Point Road in Stamford, CT. See directions on travel tab.

What to Bring: In addition to bringing any donations you have collected, please remember to bring the following items:  directions to ACGT, a towel, sunscreen, a baseball hat or equivalent to shade your face, sweatshirt, sweatpants, wetsuit (mandatory),  board shirt (this goes underneath the wetsuit to prevent chafing around the neck), Vaseline or BodyGlide (for under the arms, neck area), 2 pairs of goggles, disposable camera (optional), give your cell phones a break for the day, and don't forget a labeled bag that zips to put everything in!

Swimmer Requirements

Be a WaveMaker Swimmer:

Wavemakers are elite SAA fundraisers. All swimmers raise at least $500, 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 theyw ill have access to other perks and swag. Click here to learn more.

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. Teams must have a minimum of 5 swimmers and each swimmer is still required to meet the individual fundraising minimum of $500 ($300 if under 18). We have a new team challenge this year, scroll down to learn more! 

Fundraising Requirements for Everyone

All swimmers are required to raise at least $500 by event day. Swimmers under 18 are required to raise $300 by event day.

Distance Options

  • 1/2 Mile
  • 1.5 Mile
  • 3 Mile

Registration 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 15th with a registration fee of $25
  • Register between March 15th and May 1st with a registration fee of $50
  • Register on or after May 1st with a registration fee of $75

If you are unable to join us on event day, you can register as an "Virtual Swimmer" and fundraise and swim at your own convenience. Swim on your own time and still help ACGT!

Age Requirements:

Swimmers must be at least 12 years old (exceptions to be reviewed by Event Director)

Team Challenge

A "fun" team competition will be held again this year. A generous sponsor will "donate" $2,000 to the first ten teams to reach $10,000. This amount will be added to your team total and will help liven up our team competition. Additionally, your team can receive an additional $2,000 if you help recruit a brand "new" team to the swim! 

Transportation and Parking

 

The following hotels are centrally-located for swimmers attending this event
The Sheraton
700 East Main Street
Stamford, CT  06901
The Hyatt
1800 East Putnam Avenue
 Old Greenwich, CT  06870

 

Directions

Take Connecticut Turnpike (I-95) to Exit 5. At the traffic light at the end of the ramp, take a right onto East Putnam Avenue (U.S. route 1). At the first light, take a right onto Sound Beach Avenue. Bear right at the rotary and continue on Sound Beach Avenue to end (approximately 1.9 miles). Turn left onto Shore Road. Proceed to third stop sign (approximately .8 miles), turn right onto Cummings Point Road. Follow Cummings Point until you are approaching a road barrier that reads "No Trespassing/Do Not Enter." Before reaching the barrier, turn left between stone columns.

Safety

Swim Across America makes swimmer safety the most important component of all of our swimming events. A Safety Director is responsible for coordinating all activities within an event, and works closely with both Police and Coast Guard representatives to ensure swimmer safety. In addition to Navigation, Swim, Police and Coast Guard boats, and 2 zodiacs ensure swimmer safety at all times.  All boats are able to communicate via both hand held and ship to shore radios. All swimmers are required to follow specific procedures to participate in the event. These procedures are designed to protect swimmers from injury and will be enforced by the Safety Director.

Note:  The Event Director reserves the right to terminate the swim for any swimmers who delay the event beyond a reasonable timeframe - as determined by the Safety Coordinator.

 

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