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Welcome to the Swim Across America St. Louis Open Water Swim. Swimmers of all ages and skill levels are invited to take part in our 3rd annual event, held on beautiful Alpine Lake at Innsbrook Resort.

  • Proceeds from the swim will support immunotherapy clinical trials and research at Siteman Cancer Center.


The 2018 SAA - St. Louis benefit swim is hosted by Innsbrook Resort and the swim will take place in Alpine Lake, the largest of Innsbrook’s 100-plus lakes. Participants of all ages and skill levels are invited to choose their open-water distance: 1/2 mile, 1.2 mile, or a 2.4 mile. We also offer opportunities to volunteer as a boater, kayaker or land volunteer. This event is not a competition, but a fun and inspiring fundraising event for everyone. Proceeds from the swim will stay local and support Siteman Cancer Center. 2017’s event attracted more than 350 swimmers and hundreds of spectators and volunteers, and more than doubled the amount of money raised from our inaugural year. This year’s event will be attended and supported by Olympic Gold Medalists Ryan Held and Mark Gangloff, among others. Learn more about SAA - St. Louis and our mission in our 2018 Brochure.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact our volunteer coordinator, Denise, for more information on available volunteer positions.


General Fundraising Requirement:

All swimmers are required to raise at least $300 by event day. Swimmers under 18 are required to raise $100 by event day.

WaveMaker Swimmer: $1,000 minimum:

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 WaveMaker gift and access to the WaveMaker tent on event day and will have access to other perks and swag.

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 everyone 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 ($100 if under 18).

Distance Options:

  • 0.5 Mile
  • 1.2 Mile
  • 2.4 Mile

Registration Fees:

There is a registration fee that will be credited towards each swimmer's fundraising minimum. The registration fee will change as follows:

  • Register before June 14th with a registration fee of $50
  • Register between June 15th and July 30th with a registration fee of $75
  • Register between July 31st and event day with a registration fee of $100

Online registration will close 48 hours prior to the swim! Event day registration may still be available if space permits.


All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.

What to Bring

In addition to bringing any donations you have collected, please remember to bring the following items: directions to Innsbrook Resort, a towel, sunscreen, a baseball hat or equivalent to shade your face, sweatshirt, sweatpants, 2 pairs of goggles, disposable camera (optional). Don’t forget a labeled bag that zips to put everything in!

Wetsuit Rentals and Purchases:

Online Rental: is offering $15 off with code SAA15 on adult and youth wetsuit rentals. You can find more info here.

Online Purchase: Orca is offering a 10% discount on all Orca wetsuits with code SAA10.


6:30 7:30 am: Swimmer Registration Opens

7:40 am: Group Photo

7:45 am: Angel swimmer orientation

7:50 am: Swimmer Safety Talk & Welcome. Please be prompt!

8:00 Greetings / Olympian introductions

8:10 Why I Swim testimonials/Message from Siteman Cancer Center

8:20 am: River Stone Ceremony / National Anthem

8:25 am: 2.4 Mile Swim Start

8:30 am: 1.2 Mile Swim Start

8:35 am: 0.5 Mile Swim Start

10:00 am: Awards Ceremony and Celebration


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 can also click here for a pdf about the Swim Across America event that you can pass along to others, or here for an electronic flyer.

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 - St. Louis
PO Box 490
O'Fallon, IL 62269

Make sure to include a note with the name of the swimmer you are donating to.


Swim Across America - St. Louis is held at Innsbrook Resort, which includes 7,500 acres of recreational and residential properties, an event center, a restaurant, a recreational commons, two restaurants and an 18-hole public golf course. The site of the SAA event will be on Alpine Lake, the largest of Innsbrook’s 100 lakes.

Course Maps

There will be 1/2 mile, 1.2 mile, and 2.4 mile distance options for the swim in 2017.


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.

As we had last year, there will be a number of “Angel Swimmers” available at the event to accompany less experienced swimmers on their swim.


All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.


Transportation and Parking:

Parking will be available at the venue. Enter the main entrance at Innsbrook (see directions below) and follow the signs to Alpine Lake or this resort direction map.


From St. Louis
Take Interstate 70 west to the Innsbrook/Wright City exit (Exit 200). Go left over I-70 and across the railroad tracks. Turn right onto Highway F and follow it for five miles to the main Innsbrook entrance (on your left).

From Chesterfield
Take Highway 40 west to Interstate 70 west; take the Innsbrook/Wright City exit (Exit 200). Go left over I-70 and across the railroad tracks. Turn right onto Highway F and follow it for five miles to the main Innsbrook entrance (on your left).

From Kansas City
Take Interstate 70 east to the first Wright City exit (Exit 199); turn right at the top of the exit; then left on the South Outer Road. Make a right at the stop sign. Turn right onto Highway F. Follow Highway F for five miles to the main Innsbrook entrance (on your left).

Places to Stay:

The following hotels are centrally-located for swimmers attending this event:

Innsbrook Resort
Condos are also available for rental at Innsbrook Resort. If you are interested in one of these accommodations, please contact Sally Drake at (314) 477-6906.

We will post any additional lodging suggestions or SAA special discounts here as they become available


Interested in Sponsoring SAA - St. Louis?

Swim Across America - St. Louis welcomes individual and corporate sponsors to join with us in creating a memorable event for an important cause — benefiting the Siteman Cancer Center. If you have an interest in being a sponsor for this event, please review this guide or contact Kathy Denton if you have more questions or inquiries.



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