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Greenwich - Stamford Open Water Swim

June 25th

Welcome to the Swim Across America -Greenwich-Stamford Open Water Swim.  Swimmers of all ages are invited to take part in our 10th 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. 
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  • SPECIAL BONUS OFFER!
    Register by May 31st and we'll add a $75 bonus toward your fundraising total once you meet your minimum fundraising goal courtesy of a generous SAA supporter!
  • Progress

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    Goal:
    $400,000.00
    Achieved:
    $81,864.00
    Top Fundraisers

    WaveMaker Swimmer

    1. "Trophy" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Andy Alisberg - $10,950.00
    2. "Heart" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Peter Carlson - $4,175.00
    3. "Heart" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Brooke Lorenz - $3,236.00
    4. "Heart" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Cristiana Fraser - $3,150.00
    5. "Heart" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Mike Firgeleski - $2,900.00
    6. "Heart" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Victoria Dinkel - $2,600.00
    7. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Will Alisberg - $2,023.00
    8. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Kate Russack - $1,765.00
    9. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Nina Morris - $1,715.00
    10. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Kortney Knudsen - $1,425.00

    Swimmer

    1. "Heart" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Barnet Phillips - $3,025.00
    2. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter gregory judge - $2,000.00
    3. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Michele Fenice - $1,725.00
    4. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Allie Moore - $1,500.00
    5. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter alexandra truwit - $1,475.00
    6. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Denise Jalbert - $1,350.00
    7. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Eric Smith - $1,129.00
    8. Fundraiser Kickstarter Daniel Lopez - $975.00
    9. Fundraiser Kickstarter Andrew Daur - $900.00
    10. Fundraiser Kickstarter Kristyn Prial - $855.00

    Pool Swimmer

    1. Fundraiser Kickstarter Erik Tack - $50.00
    2. Fundraiser Kickstarter Aedan Lewis - $25.00
    3. Fundraiser Kickstarter Brighid Lewis - $25.00

    Virtual Swimmer

    1. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Jesse Evans - $1,150.00
    2. Fundraiser Kickstarter Diana Tramontano - $225.00
    3. Fundraiser Kickstarter Sarah Commaroto - $200.00
    4. Fundraiser Kickstarter Mac Baxter - $100.00
    5. Fundraiser Kickstarter James Baker - $50.00

    Land Volunteer

    1. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Gillian Giangrande - $1,000.00
    2. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Lorraine Hokayem - $400.00
    3. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Maxine Biesenbach - $250.00
    4. Fundraiser Kickstarter Stephan Todorovic - $200.00
    5. Fundraiser Kickstarter Mary Farenga - $40.00

    Boater

    Kayaker

    1. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Charles Grebenstein - $250.00
    2. Fundraiser Kickstarter Kelly Broadhurst - $100.00
    3. Fundraiser Kickstarter Jimmy Catalalno - $100.00
    4. Fundraiser Kickstarter Bryanna Kallman - $100.00
    5. Fundraiser Kickstarter Shan Brock - $100.00
    Team Honor Roll
    1. Team Julian - $20,125.00
    2. Peter's Defeaters - $17,948.00
    3. Chemhoes and Bros - $5,211.00
    4. CP-AC Swimming - $3,830.00
    5. Kicking Cancer for Karen,Chris and Friends - $1,791.00
    6. Team College - $1,500.00
    7. Swim For Kim - $1,125.00
    8. Team Irish - $1,100.00
    9. PAC - $850.00
    10. Middlesex Club - $700.00
    11. Greenwich Rowing - $625.00
    12. Innis Arden Aquatics - $400.00
    13. GA/Wick Team - $350.00
    14. Blue Wave - $230.00
    15. Team Mulholland - $75.00

    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 April 10th with a registration fee of $25
    • Register between April 10th and May 15th with a registration fee of $50
    • Register on or after May 15th with a registration fee of $100
    • SPECIAL BONUS OFFER! Register by May 31st and we'll add a $75 bonus toward your fundraising total once you meet your minimum fundraising goal courtesy of a generous SAA supporter!
    • NOTE: Online registration will close at 12:00 noon on Friday, June 24th.
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    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-Stamford 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!

     

    Wetsuit Rentals 

    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. 

    The Ski and Scuba Connection 
    26 Saint Roch Avenue, Greenwich, CT
    www.skiandscubaconnection.com203.629.4766 
    Offering a discounted wetsuit rental for only $10/day - and they will also offer a 15% discount off any wetsuit purchase.

    Pacific Cycling & Triathlon 
    984 High Ridge Road (near Trader Joe's) 
    Stamford CT 06905
    www.pacificsbr.com203.504.8960 
    Pacific Cycling & Triathlon has a full line of wetsuits, goggles, swimsuits (and of course cycling apparel and bikes) for the entire family. Wetsuit rentals are $80 for 3 days or $100 for a week. Quantities are limited for rentals so please reserve in advance. If you have any questions, please call Julie at 
    203.504.8960 or email her at contact@pacificsbr.com

    And for guys for under their wetsuit, Turq Swimbriefs is offering a 25% discount to any participant (swimmer or volunteer). Go to http://turqsport.com/ and use coupon code “MAKEWAVES25” when making your online purchase. 

    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.

    Event Day Timeline

    NOTE: Online registration will close on Friday, June 24th at 12:00 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). 

    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 April 10th with a registration fee of $25
    • Register between April 10th and May 15th with a registration fee of $50
    • Register on or after May 15th with a registration fee of $100

     

    Register by May 31st and we'll add a $75 bonus toward your fundraising total once you meet your minimum fundraising goal courtesy of a generous SAA supporter!

    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)

    Wetsuit Rentals 

    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. 

    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.

    Downunder CT 
    157 Rowayton Ave. Rowayton, CT 06853 (203) 642-3660  575 Riverside Ave. Saugatuck Center, Westport, CT 06880 (203) 956-6217 www.downunderct.com Offering a 10% discount on any wetsuit purchase

    And for guys for under their wetsuit, Turq Swimbriefs is offering a 25% discount to any participant (swimmer or volunteer). Go to http://turqsport.com/ and use coupon code “MAKEWAVES25” when making your online purchase. 

     

    Transportation and Parking

     

    The following hotels are centrally-located for swimmers attending this event The Sheraton 700 East Main Street Stamford, CT  06901 (203) 358-8400 The Hyatt 1800 East Putnam Avenue  Old Greenwich, CT  06870 (203) 409-4350

    Directions

    Our swim location is 96 Cummings Point Road in Stamford, CT. 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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