Welcome to the Nassau-Suffolk County benefit swim chapter of Swim Across America. Since our start in 2001, SAA - Nassau/Suffolk events have raised over $8.9 million in support of our beneficiaries.
We hope you'll join us in open water in Glen Cove this August or in one of the pool swims all over Nassau and Suffolk counties this summer to "Make Waves to Fight Cancer."
Proceeds from the swim will support immunotherapy research at the Swim Across America Laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, lung cancer clinical trials at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, pediatric brain cancer research at the Feinstein Institute of North Shore and pediatric oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital.
Welcome to the annual Swim Across America, Sound to Cove Open Water Swim. Whether you are a returning swimmer or looking to do your first Open Water swim, we welcome you to our Swim Across America family! Choose a 0.5 mile, 1 mile, 5K, 10K or Kid's Splash swim in Long Island Sound finishing on the beach at beautiful Morgan Memorial Park in the City of Glen Cove, NY.
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!"
WaveMakers are elite SAA fundraisers and go above and beyond the call of duty by pledging to raise at least $1,000 regardless of your age. You can sign up for any of the 3 distances. WaveMakers get an exclusive WM gift and access to the WM village on event day where they will have access to other perks and swag.
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. All team members are still required to meet the individual fundraising minimum of $500.
SAA offers two different Team fundraising levels. By raising more funds, you'll receive more benefits!
There is a registration fee that will be credited towards each swimmer's fundraising minimum. The registration fee will change as follows:
Online registration will close 48 hours prior to the swim! Event day registration may still be available if space permits.
2018 Schedule subject to change
5:00 7:00 am: Registration (Stage Area) - Swimmers need to Register 1 Hour Prior to their swim NOTE: 10K swim is off the beach this year - 2 times around 5K course
5:00 am: 10k Swimmers/Boaters/Kayakers Arrive
5:30 am: Volunteer Meeting and Assignments (Stage Area)
6:00 am: 10K Swim Start (Morgan Park Beach)
6:45 am: 5K Kayaker Meeting (Bay Beach)
7:15 am: 5K Swim Briefing (Stage Area)
7:15 am: 0.5-Mile and 1-Mile Kayaker Meeting (Bay Beach)
7:30 am: 5K Swim Start (Beach Area)
7:45 am: 1-Mile Swim Briefing (Beach Area)
7:50 am:National Anthem (Beach Area)
8:00 am: 1-Mile Swim Start (Beach Area)
8:15 am: 0.5-Mile Swim Briefing (Beach Area)
8:30 am: 0.5-Mile Swim Start (Beach Area)
8:45 am: Kids’ Swim Splash! (Beach Area)
10:00 - 11:30 am: Post-Swim Ceremony and Brunch (Stage Area)
The goal of the Swim Across America laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is to develop new approaches to cancer treatment through stimulating the immune system to attack cancer cells. Results from our laboratory are the basis of ongoing clinical trials at MSKCC in patients with melanoma, breast cancer, prostate cancer, kidney cancer and lymphoma. The lab has been one of the most successful in the world at moving lab discoveries into the clinic. The SAA lab was instrumental in the development of Ipilimumab, the first Melanoma US FDA approved drug in 13 years.
We have been funding the important non small cell lung cancer research of Rafaella Sordella, PhD since 2008 at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Her lab has been able to identify a subpopulation of cells that are intrinsically resistant to both conventional and targeted therapies, included Tarceva, and are more metastatic. At the molecular level they have determined that increased activation of the TGF-beta-IL-6 axis is driving all these phenotypes. Important drugs targeting teh IL-6 signaling pathway are currently available. They are now focused on seeking to understand the efficacy of these drugs in a pre-clinical model, that will hopefully lead to the development of new lung cancer clinical trials.
In 2011 we began assisting in the funding of a pediatric brain cancer project directed by Marc Symons, PhD at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research of North Shore. Current therapies for the most common malignant childhood brain tumor, medulloblastoma in particular radiation therapy have long term side effects, including marked nerocognitive difficulties. Marc's lab has initiated a program to identify medulloblastoma radio-resistance genes and characterize their functions. Hopefully the identified radio-resistance genes will provide us with new drug targets for the development of more effective therapies for medulloblastoma.
Swim Across America has been funding the 'Stacey Leondis Fellowship' - research into the development of a targeted therapy for osteosarcoma, an adolescent bone cancer supervised by Dr. Richard Gorlick at Children's Hospital at Montefiore, since 2006. SAA-Nassau-Suffolk will continue funding Dr. Gorlick's research now that he is the division head and department chair of Pediatrics at The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital.
If this is your first time participating or if you just need some tips to be a better fundraiser, click here. It will walk you through the participant center and teach you how to email donors, share on social media sites and download the fundraising app.
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:
BDO USA, LLP
Attn: Swim Across America - Lucy Tsoukalos
100 Park Avenue, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Make sure to include a note with the name of the swimmer you are donating to.
Swim Across America makes swimmer safety the most important component of all our swimming events. A Safety Director is responsible for coordinating all activities within an event, and works closely with the local Fire, Police and EMT's to ensure swimmer safety. We will have a number of lifeguards, safety kayakers and safety boats out on the course with us to 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.
Check back here later this summer for the Sound to Cove Swimmer Safety Packet.
Morgan Memorial Park
Glen Cove, NY 11542
If you'd like to get involved, but aren't quite ready to jump in the open water, come to one of our public pool events where you can swim at your own pace and select your own distance. Feel free to contact us for more information.
Nassau County Aquatic Center
Life Time Fitness Center
Many of our local clubs and teams provide pool swims for their members and their guests. Feel free to contact us for more information.
Mid Island Y JCC
Centerport Yacht Club
Long Island Aquatic Center
Garden City Pool
North Hempstead Pool
Silver Point Beach Club
Nassau County Aquatic Center
Team Suffolk Pool
Nassau County Aquatic Center