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Seattle Open Water Swim

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

Welcome to the Swim Across America - Seattle Open Water Swim. Swimmers of all ages are invited to take part in our annual event in beautiful Lake Washington. 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 at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

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!"

 

Progress

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Goal:
$300,000.00
Achieved:
$122,397.66
Top Fundraisers

WaveMaker Swimmer

  1. "Heart" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Linda Shadwell - $4,155.00
  2. "Heart" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Melvin Smith - $3,266.00
  3. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Carolyn Hewitt - $2,373.00
  4. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter BJ Phillips - $1,900.00
  5. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Bridget Hiedemann - $1,800.00
  6. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Gordon Buchan - $1,650.00
  7. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Ethan Schwartz - $1,563.00
  8. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Julie Shryock - $1,550.00
  9. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter James Lasersohn - $1,510.00
  10. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter jessica crump - $1,415.00

Swimmer

  1. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Todd Levitt - $2,175.00
  2. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Joy Hawkins - $1,525.00
  3. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Alan Florsheim - $1,425.00
  4. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Kathryn Carl - $1,275.00
  5. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Mary Jo Kintner - $1,225.00
  6. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Howard Jess - $1,172.00
  7. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Jesse Hersch - $1,075.00
  8. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Emily Wyse - $1,065.00
  9. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Scott Isenhath - $1,025.00
  10. Fundraiser Kickstarter Basilia Brownell - $850.00

Virtual Participant

  1. "Heart" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Paul Ikeda - $3,450.00
  2. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Laura Williams - $1,000.00
  3. "Rock Star" Badge Ben Nussbaum - $650.00
  4. "Rock Star" Badge Victoria Moyer - $576.61
  5. "Rock Star" Badge Gabe Wheeler - $500.00
  6. "Rock Star" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Kelsie Saxe - $500.00
  7. "Rock Star" Badge Blake Balogh - $400.00
  8. "Rock Star" Badge Mitchell Crossen - $375.00
  9. "Rock Star" Badge Katelyn Martin - $355.00
  10. "Rock Star" Badge Cody Evans - $350.00

Land Volunteer

  1. "Rock Star" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Michael Linenberger - $500.00
  2. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Alyssa Hochman - $150.00
  3. Fundraiser Kickstarter Ericka Sisolak - $100.00
  4. Chris Conroy - $100.00
  5. Fundraiser Kickstarter Shawn Bounds - $50.00

Boater

Kayaker

  1. Fundraiser Kickstarter Mary Beth Hepp-Elam - $25.00
Team Honor Roll
  1. Point B and Orca Swim Team - $9,018.00
  2. Team Ben Towne Foundation - $6,510.00
  3. Boise State Swimming and Diving - $6,026.61
  4. Mercer Island Beach Club - $5,900.00
  5. Samena - $5,705.00
  6. Cheating the Reaper - $5,440.00
  7. Team MICC - $4,270.00
  8. Team No Limits - $3,690.00
  9. Dudes For Kass & Terry - $3,670.00
  10. Team TBD - $3,605.00
  11. Team SCCA - $3,580.00
  12. Seattle University Swimming - $2,775.00
  13. Team Mercerwood - $2,720.00
  14. MI Redwoods + Friends - $2,532.00
  15. Kidder Mathews - $2,325.00
  16. Ethan Schwartz & Friends - $1,638.00
  17. Fight For Paul - $1,532.96
  18. Swimmers Saving MIllions - $1,150.00
  19. Idaho Vandals Swimming and Diving - $850.00
  20. Junoctopi - $830.00
  21. EndorFin Junkies - $825.00
  22. Team Blue - $605.00
  23. SPST - $575.00
  24. Team Stronger - $440.00
  25. Downtown YMCA - $275.00

General Information

Be a WaveMaker Swimmer:

WaveMakers are elite SAA fundraisers. All swimmers raise at least $300, but WaveMakers (WM) go above and beyond the call of duty by pledging to rasie 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 they will 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 3 swimmers and each swimmer is still required to meet the individual fundraising minimum of $300.

Distance Options:

  • 1/2 Mile
  • 1 Mile
  • 2 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 June 1st with a registration fee of $25
  • Register between June 1st and July 15th with a registration fee of $50
  • Register on or after July 15th with a registration fee of $75

Course & Venue

  • Click here for a course map.
  • Click here for information about water temp and quality of Luther Burbank Swim Beach.
  • Click here for information about parking and out event location.

Kid's Splash!

Learn about this year's new Kid Splash! Children age 11 and under are welcome to take part in a 50m freestyle open water swim on event day. Click here to learn more!

Wetsuit Rentals

Click here to learn more about the incredible deal offered by wetsuitrental.com!

Questions?

Click here to learn more about our local SAA, Seattle committee or visit the Contact Us section.

The below timeline will be updated shortly!  

EVENT DAY TIMELINE

Luther Burbank Park
2040 84th Ave Southeast
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Note: Parking at Luther Burbank North and south lots fill up early, overflow parking at Mercer Island Park and Ride 80th Ave. SE & N Mercer Way 7800 N Mercer Way, a Sound Transit bus stop too! It is across the street from the MI Community Center, please do not park at the Community Center. Link to Luther Burbank park
6:00 – 7:00 am: 2 Mile Registration - Please be sure to bring your completed waiver form (neatly and legibly) to ensure a smooth registration process. 2 Mile Registration will close at 7:00 am sharp.
7:00 – 8:00 am: 1/2 Mile & 1 Mile Registration - Please be sure to bring your completed waiver form (neatly and legibly) to ensure a smooth registration process.
7:10 am: Swimmer safety meeting and group photo. Please be prompt, we want you included!
7:15 am: South parking lot shuttles and car pools depart for 2 mile swimmers to Mercerwood Shore Club. We will have at 2 shuttles to accommodate the 2 mile swimmers – you may also take individual carpools to Mercerwood as needed

Note:
Anyone driving to Mercerwood Shore Club must park along East Mercer Way and
walk down to the beach area. Please do not park in the Mercerwood Shore Club parking lot.

8:00 am: Start 2 mile swim at Mercerwood Shore Club, finish at Luther Burbank swim beach.
8:30 am: Start 1/2 mile & 1 mile swims at Luther Burbank swim beach, finish at Luther Burbank swim beach.
9:30 am: Kids gather for the Kid's Splash
10:00 am (approx): Awards ceremony
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Swimmer Requirements

Be a WaveMaker Swimmer:

WaveMakers are elite SAA fundraisers. All swimmers raise at least $300, but WaveMakers (WM) go above and beyond the call of duty by pledging to rasie 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 they will 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 3 swimmers and each swimmer is still required to meet the individual fundraising minimum of $300.

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 June 1st with a registration fee of $25
  • Register between June 1st and July 15th with a registration fee of $50
  • Register on or after July 15th with a registration fee of $75
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Safety

 

Swim Across America makes swimmer safety the most important component of all our swimming events. Our Safety Director is responsible for coordinating all activities within the event, and will work closely with both local Police and Coast Guard representatives to ensure swimmer safety. We will have the Mercer Island Police Marine Patrol out on the course with us, as well as a number of lifeguards, safety kayakers and safety boats to ensure swimmer safety at all times. All boats will be 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 event’s Safety Director.

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