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Chicago Open Water Swim

Saturday, July 26th, 2014


Join swimmers of all ages and skill levels for the SAA - Chicago Open Water Swim in beautiful Lake Michigan. Choose either the 1/2 mile, 1 mile, 1.5 mile or 3 mile option.

Proceeds from the swim will support cancer research and leading-edge patient care at Rush University Medical Center.

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!"

Chicago Update

 

URGENT: The water temperature at Ohio St. Beach in recent days has ranged from 57 degrees to 65 degrees. We strongly recommend that all swimmers wear a wetsuit. Only experienced open water swimmers acclimated to swimming in colder water should consider swimming without a wetsuit.

Starting at 6:30 am tomorrow at the beach, Fleet Feet Sports will offer wetsuit rentals for $10. However, there is limited inventory, so be sure to come early to guarantee that your size is available.

We encourage you to avoid the madness at the beach by renting a wetsuit today, and we've negotiated two discounted options for you when you mention Swim Across America!

Fleet Feet's Old Town Store at 1620 N. Wells St. is offering discounted rentals for $30. Suits must be returned by Tuesday. Piper's Alley parking can be validated for $2.

Running Away Multisport's store at 2219 North Clybourn is also offering discounted rentals for $30. Suits must be returned by Tuesday.

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Progress

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Goal:
$400,000.00
Achieved:
$315,160.29
Top Fundraisers

WaveMaker Swimmer

  1. "Trophy" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Pat Brummet - $12,904.40
  2. "Medal" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Elaine Chapa - $9,825.00
  3. "Medal" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Phil Dodson - $7,820.00
  4. "Medal" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter David McClellan - $7,600.00
  5. "Full Heart" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Stephen Schlegel - $7,280.00
  6. "Full Heart" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Bob Lewis - $7,010.00
  7. "Full Heart" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Justin Ward - $6,200.00
  8. "Full Heart" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Eric Ochel - $5,575.00
  9. "Full Heart" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter John McLellan - $5,125.00
  10. "Full Heart" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Jeanne Skaggs - $5,090.00

Swimmer

  1. Fundraiser Kickstarter Jennifer Gitzinger - $960.00
  2. Fundraiser Kickstarter Jennifer Reza - $955.00
  3. Fundraiser Kickstarter Laura Schutt - $900.00
  4. Fundraiser Kickstarter Susan Hurley - $900.00
  5. Fundraiser Kickstarter Deborah Aston - $895.00
  6. Fundraiser Kickstarter Loretta Downs - $885.00
  7. Fundraiser Kickstarter Michael Yoch - $875.00
  8. Fundraiser Kickstarter Ralph Cortez - $875.00
  9. Fundraiser Kickstarter Rosa Chang - $875.00
  10. Fundraiser Kickstarter Rachael Olson-Marszewski - $850.00

Under 18 Swimmer

  1. Fundraiser Kickstarter Isabelle Mullins - $825.00
  2. "Rock Star" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Grace Schultz - $725.00
  3. "Rock Star" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Patrick Hurley - $660.00
  4. "Rock Star" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Kelly Craig - $575.00
  5. "Rock Star" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Mike Karpinski - $535.00
  6. "Rock Star" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Joy Grundy - $530.00
  7. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Mollie Solomon - $250.00
  8. Fundraiser Kickstarter CALEB VISLISEL - $195.00
  9. Fundraiser Kickstarter Hollis Clark - $175.00
  10. Fundraiser Kickstarter Eric Mulshine - $175.00

Offsite Swimmer

  1. Fundraiser Kickstarter John Haffner - $100.00

Land Volunteer

  1. Fundraiser Kickstarter Christine Steadman - $50.00
  2. Fundraiser Kickstarter Elaine Neverauskas - $50.00
  3. Fundraiser Kickstarter Monika Suto - $25.00
  4. Ashley Knott - $20.00
Team Honor Roll
  1. Team Life - $25,294.40
  2. Team Anne, Mike & Friends - $20,855.00
  3. Rush University Medical Center and Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush - $19,465.00
  4. Open Water On Lee (OWOL) - $18,935.00
  5. Team Chapa - $17,078.00
  6. Tuesday Night Swim Club - $15,910.14
  7. Chicago Athletic Clubs Masters - $15,710.00
  8. Team Longhorn - $11,580.00
  9. Chicago Masters Swim Club - $11,155.00
  10. Team BDT - $10,725.00
  11. Team Kennedy - $10,605.00
  12. Team Russ - $9,870.00
  13. Swedish Fish - $8,042.00
  14. Libertyville Masters Swim Team - $7,400.00
  15. Team Hawkeye - $7,025.00
  16. Nurses Against Hearses - $6,560.00
  17. Rush Radiation Oncology Lake Sharks - $5,960.00
  18. Team Danny - $4,765.00
  19. West Monroe Partners - $3,815.00
  20. Chicago Smelts Masters Swim Team - $3,620.00
  21. The Shark Tank - $2,375.00
  22. Team Carol - $2,290.00
  23. DeWitt Stern Insurance & Risk Advisory - $1,275.00
  24. Team 124 - $665.00
  25. Blue Racers - $50.00

General Information:

Be a WaveMaker Swimmer:

WaveMakers are elite SAA fundraisers. All swimmers raise at least $500, but Wavemakers (WM) go above and beyond the call of duty by pledging to raise 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. All teams members are still required to meet the individual fundraising minimum of $500.

Distance Options:

  • 1/e Mile
  • 1 Mile
  • 1.5 Mile
  • 3 Mile

Wetsuits

You can get the latest water temperature here, look for “Ohio Street Beach”, http://weather.noaa.gov/pub/data/raw/sx/sxus83.klot.omr.lot.txt

If you would like to rent a wetsuit for the event, Fleet Feet Chicago will be at the beach at 6:30 am with wetsuits to rent. Wetsuits rent on site for $10 (and an ID), for which Fleet Feet provides a $10 coupon to their store. For those who want to be sure to have their wetsuit, you can rent in advance at the Old Town store (1620 N. Wells) store for $50 for 7 days.

Sponsorship

Our goal is to underwite 100% of our event expenses so that 100% of the money raised by our swimmers will go directly to cancer research. If you would like to help with a corporate sponsorship, please contact Mark Stori at markstori01@gmail.com

Logistics

Click here to view all event day details including information about parking, timing and the venue.

Questions

Click here to visit our contact us page or reach out to one of our Event Co-Chairs David McClellan or Charlie Cunnick.

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Swimmer Requirements

Be a WaveMaker Swimmer:

WaveMakers are elite SAA fundraisers. All swimmers raise at least $500, but Wavemakers (WM) go above and beyond the call of duty by pledging to raise 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. All teams members are still required to meet the individual fundraising minimum of $500.

Fundraising Incentives:

This is a fundraising event, and we ask all of our swimmers to put forth a concerted effort to raise money for cancer research. Most swimmers find that it is surprisingly easy to raise money, especially those swimmers who use the website we provide to update their personal page and send emails.

Additionally, any swimmer who raises the following levels will receive incentives:

$2,500 or more will receive a premium SAA Jacket.
$5,000 or more will receive an XTERRA transition backpack after the event
$7,500 or more will receive an XTERRA sleeveless wetsuit
$10,000 or more will receive an XTERRA fullsuit wetsuit 

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