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Atlanta Open Water Swim

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Welcome to the Swim Across America - Atlanta Open Water Swim.  Thank you to everyone who came out for the 2nd year of our annual event in beautiful Lake Spivey. Swimmers of all ages joined us to raise over $250,000 for the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Click here for 2014 results. 
Note: This year we did use manual timing. We tried our very best to capture every swimmer and be as accurate as possible but, there may be some errors in these results. Please contact Sheri by clicking here if you have any problems with the results.  

Progress

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Goal:
$300,000.00
Achieved:
$244,480.32
Top Fundraisers

WaveMaker Swimmer

  1. "Full Heart" Badge Duncan White - $5,700.00
  2. "Full Heart" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Kevin Hart - $5,450.00
  3. "Heart" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Linda Trickey - $4,148.00
  4. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Kaitren Murphy - $1,954.32
  5. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Christian Nahas - $1,700.00
  6. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Sheri Hart - $1,615.00
  7. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Megan McLain - $1,615.00
  8. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Sterling Rogue Hale - $1,450.00
  9. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter MaryAnn Keen - $1,420.00
  10. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Kennedy Hart - $1,375.00

Swimmer

  1. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Margaret Ruthenberg-Marshall - $2,075.00
  2. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter grace ferry - $1,925.00
  3. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Maxwell Farmer - $1,915.00
  4. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Sadie Clayton - $1,700.00
  5. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Rhyan Booth - $1,630.00
  6. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Trey Loughran - $1,325.00
  7. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Thomas Cash - $1,300.00
  8. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Adri Herman - $1,200.00
  9. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Tracy Collett - $1,180.00
  10. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter John Ague - $1,020.00

Land Volunteer

  1. Fundraiser Kickstarter Megan Melgaard - $1,100.00
  2. Fundraiser Kickstarter Keelin Pray - $1,000.00
  3. Fundraiser Kickstarter Kevin Eicher - $600.00
  4. David Brown - $400.00
  5. Nancy Overheim - $350.00
  6. Fundraiser Kickstarter Jewel Scott - $100.00
  7. Fundraiser Kickstarter Eva Nahas - $50.00
  8. Fundraiser Kickstarter Mary Buzeta - $20.00

Kayaker

  1. James Carlson - $100.00
Team Honor Roll
  1. Team Cox - $17,053.00
  2. Team Tophat - $16,015.00
  3. Team Accenture - $8,170.00
  4. Team Lovett - $7,955.00
  5. Team Aflac - $6,860.00
  6. Team Flying Fish - $6,686.00
  7. Team Cherokee - $6,244.32
  8. SwimAtlanta - $6,180.00
  9. TEAM PACE - $5,855.00
  10. Dynamo - $5,792.00
  11. Level 3 - $5,025.00
  12. Lake Spivey - $4,940.00
  13. Swim Atlanta Masters - $4,485.00
  14. Team Nexus - $3,705.00
  15. Team Alcatel-Lucent - $2,300.00
  16. Team Children's - $2,260.00
  17. SCAT - $2,040.00
  18. Cisco - $1,500.00
  19. Peak Racing Team - $1,370.00
  20. Atlanta Water Jocks - $625.00
  21. Tides For Taylor Davis - $50.00

General Information

A person may elect to swim alone, or be part of a team. Many colleagues will form corporate 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.  Through swimming events such as ours, teams clearly demonstrate our commitment to find a cure. 

You can register as either a Swimmer or a WaveMaker Swimmer.  

WaveMaker Swimmer - A WaveMaker Swimmer is someone who wants to go above and beyond the fundraising minimum! WaveMakers are signing up to raise $1,000 by event day.  By pledging to raise this much in advance, we will award all WaveMakers who reach this goal with a special gift at the event. 

Swimmer - A swimmer is required to raise $250 by event day.  They will receive a tshirt and towel for their fundraising efforts. Swimmers under 18 are required to raise $100 by event day.

After choosing which type is right for you, you can choose your distance. Distance options:

  • 1/2 Mile
  • 1 Mile
  • 5K
  • 10K - These swimmers will need to be prequalified with a time from last year's swim or by a race director approval (email Megan here)
  • NEW 3 Mile Relay - Consisting of 2-6 swimmers completing 1/2 mile loops. After each 1/2 mile loop, the relay swimmer will exit the water and tag the next swimmer. A relay swimmer may swim up to 5 legs (1/2 mile distances) of the relay, but will still exit the water at the completion of each 1/2 mile.

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 1st with a registration fee of $25
  • Register between March 1st and April 1st with a registration fee of $50
  • Register on or after April 1st with a registration fee of $75

Giving:

All donations are tax-deductible and proceeds will go to the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

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 Nancy Peek
P.O. Box 1078
Tucker, GA 30085
Make sure to include a note with the name of the swimmer you are donating to.

Click here to learn more about our beneficiary.

Course:

Distance options:

  • 1/2 Mile
  • 1 Mile
  • 5K
  • 10K
  • NEW 3 Mile Relay - Consisting of 2-6 swimmers completing 1/2 mile loops. After each 1/2 mile loop, the relay swimmer will exit the water and tag the next swimmer. A relay swimmer may swim up to 5 legs (1/2 mile distances) of the relay, but will still exit the water at the completion of each 1/2 mile.

Atlanta new course

Contingency Plan for Lightening or Extreme Weather

In the event of lightening or extreme weather, participants and volunteers will be shuttled to the Nassau building at International Park (same location as event parking). We will delay the start of the next event up to 2 hours maximum before cancelling the event. No refunds will be offered, however, on-site participants will receive an event towel, tshirt and goodie bag.

Wetsuit Rental or Purchase:

Wetsuits are strongly encouraged for the open water swim. Lake temperatures will range from the 50's - 70's depending on spring weather. We will post lake temperatures to the website in April. We have partnered with wetsuitrental.com and All3Sports to provide wetsuits to our participants. More information below:

WetSuitRental.com
What will the rental price or prices be?
$45 for adults triathlon wetsuits, $30 for youth (<100lbs) triathlon wetsuits, $25 for children's (<65lbs) basic wetsuits. Gender and sleeve style do not affect pricing. 
What will the order by date be?
There will be no deadline. Ordering the final Wednesday or later, the swimmer will need to upgrade from free shipping (Postal Service Priority Mail) to FedEx 2-Day or FedEx Overnight. Both options are available at checkout for an additional fee.
How does delivery and return work?
Each order will receive a prepaid return label and poly-envelope in which to send back the wetsuit(s) after the event. All suits must be back in the mail by Wednesday, May 7th. All orders received by Monday 4/21 will be delivered by Friday 4/25, in time for the test run swim on April 27th for no additional charge. Orders received on Tuesday 4/22 would also likely be delivered by Friday 4/25 but might be as late as Saturday 4/26. Orderes received on Wednesday 4/23 before noon PST would likely be delivered by Saturday 4/26. An upgrade to FedEx 2-Day Express would guarantee delivery by Friday 4/25. If more time is required on either the front or back end, the additional cost is $15/week.
How do I know the fit will be right for me?
Wetsuitrental.com has a very detailed questionaire for the swimmer so as to assure the best possible fit.
Will there be any discount codes that need to be used when participants call into rent or link from our website to yours to make the rental?
Using code SAA_ATL_14 will deduct $20 from the rental price of each wetsuit at checkout. Please note that it will only work for the following items:
Rent a Triathlon Wetsuit - ADULT
Rent a Triathlon Wetsuit - YOUTH
The code will not work on multiple wetsuits packages. A household ordering 2 wetsuits should NOT order "Rent 2 Triathlon Wetsuits" item (regular price $120) but should order 2 separate "Rent a Traithlon Wetsuit - ADULT" items (regular price $65 each). The coupon code will then deduct $20 from each suit rental.
There are no other discounts available for USAT or USA swimming members. 

All 3 Sports
What will the rental price or prices be?
$65 (less 10%). Gender and sleeve style do not affect pricing.
What will the order by date be?
Until the week of the event. Limited availability the later the order is placed.
Will there be any discount codes that need to be used when participants call into rent or link from our website to yours to make the rental?
10% off for all participants. Dynamo participants get $20 off purchase or rental of a wetsuit. 10% off purchase of a wetsuit.
How will participants handle their pick up and return of the wetsuits?
All participants must pick up their wetsuits at our store location. They will be asked to try on the wetsuit so proper fit is achieved. They must return the wetsuit to the store within 7 days of rental.
What if I need the wetsuit for both the test swim on 4/27 and the open water swim on 5/4? 
Rental for both weekends (3 day rentals each) is $100, which is $20 discount off the normal price. 

Venue:

Lake Spivey is a 600+ acre private lake located in Clayton County, Georgia and home to 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist, Steve Lundquist. This is no place in this part of our country as beautiful and unique as this lake, which will provide for a closed course and amazing support from local residents. The lake provides for water sports, fishing and relaxing and is conveniently located near the large transportation hub of Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport, a few minutes from interstate highways of 75-85, 285 & 675.

Lake Spivey

Click here for more photos of the swim site.

Questions?

Visit our Contact Us page

Event Day Timeline

This is an estimated timeline. We will have a more concrete one as the day approaches. All changes to your choice of a 1/2 mile, 1 mile, 3 mile relay, 5K or 10K swim must be made prior to May 2nd. No changes on event day! 

NOTE: Online registration will close on Friday, May 2nd at 8:00 pm. We will have day of registration at $100 for kids and $250 for adults. 

Rain or shine, we will have the event. We will have up to 1 hour delay for thunder and/or lightening.

EVENT DAY TIMELINE

8:00 – 11:00 am: Registration/Check in
8:50 am: 10K Swimmer Safety Talk & Rock Dedication
9:00 am: 10K Swim Start
9:15 am: 3 Mile Relay Safety Talk & Rock Dedication
9:30 am: 3 Mile Relay Start
10:00 am: 5K Swimmer Safety talk & Rock Dedication
10:30 am: 5K Swim Start
11:15 am: 1 mile Swimmer Safety taklk & Rock Dedication
11:30 am:  1 mile Start & 1/2 Mile Swimmer Safety talk
11:45 am:  1/2 Mile Swimmer Safety talk
12:00 pm:  1/2 mile start
12:50 pm:  Group photo on spectator lawn
1:00 pm:  Awards & Presentations
2:00 pm:  Event Concludes

You can register as either a Swimmer or a WaveMaker Swimmer 

Swimmer - A swimmer is required to raise $250 by event day.  They will receive a tshirt and towel for their fundraising efforts. Swimmers under 18 are required to raise $100 by event day.

WaveMaker Swimmer - A WaveMaker Swimmer is someone who wants to go above and beyond the fundraising minimum! WaveMakers are signing up to raise $1,000 by event day.  By pledging to raise this much in advance, we will award all WaveMakers who reach this goal with a special gift at the event. 

Each team will be required to raise a minimum of $5,000 by the day of the event. Teams can consist of any number of swimmers and each swimmer can choose the distance they would like to swim. Teams can have individuals and relays participating under the same team name. Relay teams consist of 2-6 swimmers per relay. Individuals can choose to swim any distance. Teams can be made up of a swim group, a group swimming in honor or in memory of someone, or a group of colleagues, family or friends!

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 1st with a registration fee of $25
  • Register between March 1st and April 1st with a registration fee of $50
  • Register on or after April 1st with a registration fee of $75

Transportation and Parking

Hotel Information:

There is a Swim Across America rate of $99 at the Holiday Inn & Suites.

Directions

Located approximately 15 miles south of Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson aiport.  Take Freeway 75 south to exit 228. Turn right onto GA 138W. Immediately turn left onto Spivey Road. Turn right onto Walt Stephens Road. Parking will be located on the right hand side of the road at Indian Lake - look for SAA signs.

Shuttles will run every 2-5 minutes for the 2 mile ride to Creek Indian Trail Road located 1.5 miles away. 

Address for parking:
2390 Walt Stephens Road, Jonesboro, GA 30236
This is at the back entrance to International Park. View the map here. 

Address of Lake Spivey access for swimmer/volunteer drop (no parking):
2580 Creek Indian Trail, Jonesboro, GA 30236

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