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Tampa Bay Open Water Swim

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Welcome to the Swim Across America - Tampa Bay Open Water Swim. This is the 3rd year of our annual event in beautiful Clearwater Beach. Swimmers of all ages are invited to join us for a swim to raise money for Moffitt Cancer Center. Whether you're a veteran swimmer or this is your first open water swim, we welcome you to help us "Make Waves to Fight Cancer!"

Register before May 1st with a registration fee of $45! The fee will increase to $65 on May 1st.

Progress

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Goal:
$200,000.00
Achieved:
$73,097.99
Top Fundraisers

WaveMaker Swimmer

  1. "Full Heart" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Amanda Dugger - $5,705.00
  2. "Full Heart" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Robert Shapiro - $5,100.00
  3. "Heart" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Jim Sirignano - $2,925.00
  4. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Dan Springer - $1,550.00
  5. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Christopher Barfield - $1,500.00
  6. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Mike Heal - $1,325.00
  7. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Trent Fraebel - $1,248.00
  8. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Laura Russell - $1,060.00
  9. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter tony scicchitano - $1,050.00
  10. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter George Raffa - $1,025.00

Swimmer

  1. "Heart" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Gene Kent - $2,725.00
  2. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Gerrie Martinez - $1,735.00
  3. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Damon Reed - $1,350.00
  4. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Andrew Taylor - $1,305.99
  5. "Rock Star" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Julia Walkup - $730.00
  6. "Rock Star" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Amanda Wisniewski - $575.00
  7. "Rock Star" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Steven Springer - $565.00
  8. "Rock Star" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Chris Rochester - $555.00
  9. "Rock Star" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Amy King - $550.00
  10. "Rock Star" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Stephen Ellingson - $525.00

Land Volunteer

  1. "Full Heart" Badge Lee Ziliak - $15,000.00
  2. "Rock Star" Badge Ron Collins - $720.00
  3. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Christine Flores - $450.00
  4. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Edythe R Shapiro - $300.00
  5. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter mary meggison - $250.00
  6. Fundraiser Kickstarter Shari Pilon-Thomas - $234.00
  7. Fundraiser Kickstarter Diego Cancel - $100.00
  8. Fundraiser Kickstarter jasmin el kordi - $100.00
  9. Fundraiser Kickstarter Elaine Chiasson - $100.00
  10. Fundraiser Kickstarter Alicia Reyes Shapiro - $50.00

Boater

  1. Fundraiser Kickstarter Vince (Junior) Devine - $50.00

Kayaker

  1. Fundraiser Kickstarter Ryan Peters - $40.00
  2. Fundraiser Kickstarter Nicholas Varela - $25.00
Team Honor Roll
  1. SAAVE Tampa Bay - $24,470.00
  2. Team Cisco - $12,090.00
  3. TBAY - $9,570.99
  4. Moffitt Manatees - $3,569.00
  5. Our Answer To Cancer - $3,095.00
  6. TYS and Friends - $2,425.00
  7. Team Survivor - $1,858.00
  8. Team SupraMan - $1,425.00
  9. CCC Wave - $1,410.00
  10. WFLA Swim Team & AeroPro - $1,040.00
  11. Active Drowners - $975.00
  12. Team Red Hat - $850.00
  13. Support Krewe - Yaks, Paddlers & Boats - $770.00
  14. SAA-Tampa Bay Volunteers - $750.00
  15. T3 Tampa Tri Team - $660.00
  16. Team Windfall - $545.00
  17. Team Jenner - $375.00
  18. Bouyon Splash - $345.00
  19. Team SeaSquared - $125.00
  20. Brooke's Victorious Believers - $100.00
  21. 1Forty-Four1 - $45.00

General Information

Volunteers:

Volunteers are the glue that holds our event together! If you are looking to get involved in the inaugural SAA, Tampa Bay swim but aren't quite ready to jump in the water, this is your way in. We always need land volunteers and kayakers (must bring own kayak). To join us as a volunteer you can either Register as an Individual on this page and then choose your volunteer type or you can join "TampaBay - SAA Volunteer Team" by clicking on "Join an Existing Team." Either one of these options will register you to be a volunteer. If you would like to volunteer as part of another team, you can do that as well, just search for that team under "Join an Existing Team."

Are you a student looking to fulfill your community service hours? Volunteer at the Tampa Bay Swim! The event director can provide you a letter upon request that states that you completed hours. He can be reached via email at rob@swimacrossamerica.org

Contingency Plan: 

In case of bad weather or surf conditions the event committee will make a decision on Friday night. Please be sure to check your email or our website around 9pm on Friday, May 30th.  If the event is postponed we will reschedule the swim at the Long Center, 1501 N Belcher Rd, Clearwater, FL 33765 (727-793-2320). The Long Center Pool will be available for our swim starting at 9:30am on Saturday May 31st. Again, please look for an email or check the website Friday night around 9pm.

Giving:

All donations are tax-deductible and proceeds will go to Moffitt Cancer Center.

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 
19046 Bruce B Downs Blvd #124
Tampa, FL 33647

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:

Tampa Bay Course Map

Venue:

The event will be held at beautiful Clearwater beach.

Tampa - Clearwater beach

Questions?

  • Learn more about the Tampa community here of visit our Contact Us page

Event Day Timeline

This is an estimated timeline. We will have a more concrete one as the day approaches. 

EVENT DAY TIMELINE

6:30 - 7:25 am: Registration/Check in
7:00 - 7:10 am: 2.4 Mile Safety Talk
7:10 - 7:25 am: Team Photos
7:25 - 7:55 am: Pre Swim Ceremony
8:10 am: 2.4 Mile Swim Start
8:30 am: Safety talk for 1/2 & 1 milers
8:40 am: 1 Mile Swim Start
8:45 am: 1/2 Mile Swim Start
10:00 am:  Awards Ceremony
 

Swimmer Requirements

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

Swimmer - A swimmer is required to raise $500 by event day ($200 for those under 18).  They will receive a tshirt and towel for their fundraising efforts. 

WaveMaker Swimmer - A WaveMaker Swimmer is required 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 hat and Swim Across America wristband. You can swim any distance you would like to be a WaveMaker. If you would like to swim the 2.4 mile distance, you MUST be a WaveMaker.

After choosing which type is right for you, you can choose your distance. You can choose from 1/2 mile, 1 mile, or the 2.4 Mile IRONMAN distances. NOTE: All 2.4 mile swimmers must register as wavemakers and commit to raise $1,000.

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 1st with a registration fee of $25
  • Register between April 1st and May 1st with a registration fee of $45
  • Register on or after May 1st with a registration fee of $65

Swimmers & Teams:

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. 

Transportation and Parking

Click here for a map of parking.

Directions

From W Courtney Campbell Causeway

  • Head west on W Courtney Campbell Causeway toward Bayport Drive
  • Continue onto N Courtney Campbell Pkwy/Gulf to Bay Blvd. Continue to follow Gulf to Bay Blvd.
  • Continue onto Court Street
  • Continue straight onto Pierce Blvd
  • Continue onto Clearwater Memorial Causeway
  • At the traffic circle, continue straight onto Causeway Blvd/Clearwater Memorial Causeway
  • Slight right onto Coronado Dr/S Gulfview Blvd. Continue to follow S Gulfview Blvd
  • Take the 1st right
  • Turn left and destination will be on the right
  • Arrive at Pier 60

Places to Stay

Hilton Clearwater Beach
http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/P/PIECBHF-SWIM-20140530/ind
ex.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

Group Name: Swim Across America
Group Code: SWIM
Hotel Address: 400 Mandalay Avenue Clearwater, Florida 33767
Phone Number: 800-753-3954

Hyatt Clearwater Beach
https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_gi_new&groupID=24264122
Hotel Address: 301 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
Phone Number: 727-373-1234

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