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Nantucket Island Open Water Swim

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Join swimmers of all ages and skill levels for the SAA - Nantucket Island Open Water Swim along the shores of beautiful Jetties Beach. Choose either the 1/2 mile or 1 mile options, or join the Kids' Splash.

Proceeds from the swim will support cancer treatment and patient care at Nantucket Cottage Hospital and Palliative and Supportive Care of Nantucket (PASCON).

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!" 

Kiss My Face Giveaway!
Register during the month of August and enter the code "KISS" when prompted and we'll send you an amazing product from our fabulous sponsor!

Progress

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Goal:
$225,000.00
Achieved:
$86,755.00
Top Fundraisers

WaveMaker Swimmer

  1. "Heart" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Steven Roethke - $3,550.00
  2. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Louis Gennaro - $2,225.00
  3. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Jenny Paradis - $2,125.00
  4. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter W. Steven Roethke - $2,045.00
  5. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Emily Kitsock - $1,700.00
  6. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Emily Dussault - $1,690.00
  7. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter James Meehan - $1,575.00
  8. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Heidi Kronenberg - $1,350.00
  9. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Tyler Roethke - $1,180.00
  10. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Libby Greene - $1,150.00

Swimmer

  1. Fundraiser Kickstarter Jesse Lang - $985.00
  2. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Maria Zodda - $625.00
  3. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Peter Benson - $600.00
  4. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Russell Kathawala - $580.00
  5. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Karin Roethke-Kahn - $575.00
  6. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter ethan griffin - $565.00
  7. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Chip Clunie - $550.00
  8. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Rick Beaudette - $425.00
  9. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Stephanie Ryder - $400.00
  10. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Robert Horyn - $370.00

Kids Splash Swimmer

  1. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Maddie Bartleman - $225.00
  2. Fundraiser Kickstarter Wyatt Penrose - $150.00
  3. Fundraiser Kickstarter Sadie Wing - $75.00
  4. Fundraiser Kickstarter Sophia Beni - $75.00
  5. Fundraiser Kickstarter Brooke Damian - $50.00
  6. Fundraiser Kickstarter LYDIA JOHNSON - $50.00
  7. Fundraiser Kickstarter Eliza Brown - $50.00
  8. Fundraiser Kickstarter Reagan Slosek - $40.00
  9. Fundraiser Kickstarter Gianna Quinn - $35.00
  10. Fundraiser Kickstarter Eleanor Grace O'Neill - $25.00

Land Volunteer

  1. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter charlene thurston - $1,400.00
  2. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Jill Roethke - $1,100.00
  3. Jeanne Hicks - $925.00
  4. Fundraiser Kickstarter Joseph Grause - $800.00
  5. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter James Pignato - $225.00
  6. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Charlene Chadwick - $200.00
  7. Fundraiser Kickstarter Carrie Riden - $150.00
  8. Eleanor Roethke - $100.00
  9. Fundraiser Kickstarter Mary Casey - $100.00
  10. Fundraiser Kickstarter bonnie Fitz-Gibbon - $50.00

Kakayer

  1. Fundraiser Kickstarter Caitlin Marcoux - $70.00
  2. Fundraiser Kickstarter Carol Muehling - $50.00
Team Honor Roll
  1. Team Roethke - $9,560.00
  2. PASCON - $6,180.00
  3. Nantucket Dolphins - $3,895.00
  4. NHS swim & dive - $3,855.00
  5. Claudia Kronenberg's Circle - $3,815.00
  6. Windwalker Wave Warriors - $2,675.00
  7. Nantucket Swimming - $2,445.00
  8. Nantucket Tri Club - $1,175.00
  9. Nantucket Cottage Hospital - $740.00
  10. NES Paddlers - $550.00
  11. Team Psaradelis/Topham - $525.00
  12. Nantucket Public Schools - $450.00
  13. Swimming for Sara - $325.00
  14. The Nantucket Hotel - $275.00
  15. Manning & Associates Physical Therapy - $275.00
  16. Tyrer Guest House - $235.00
  17. The Westmoor Club - $175.00
  18. Motto TeaM - $80.00

General Information

Be a WaveMaker Swimmer:

Wavemakers are elite SAA fundraisers. All swimmers raise at least $200, 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. Teams must have a minimum of 3 swimmers and each swimmer is still required to meet the individual fundraising minimum of $200.

Distance Options:

  • 1/2 Mile
  • 1 Mile

Registration Fees:

There is a registration fee that will be credited towards each swimmer's fundraising minimum after registering. 

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 

Kids' Splash

Swimmers ages 7-11 (exceptions made by the race director) are invited to join us for a Kids' Splash before the 1 milers start their swim! Kid swimmers will swim a short swim (about 50 yards) in the water to take part in the event. Kids must be able to swim 50 yards to enter the swim. 

There is a $25 registration fee to take part in the Kids' Splash and we ask that you do try to sign up ahead of time. We also encourage kids taking part in the splash to raise $50 total ($25 fee included). To register, click on the register on the home tab. Then you'll be able to select the Kids' Splash option.

Giving:

All donations are tax-deductible. Your fundraising efforts from the swim will support Nantucket Cottage Hospital and Palliative and Supportive Care of Nantucket. Fore more information click here.

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 Jill Roethke

14 Bluebird Lane
Nantucket, MA 02554

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

Venue:

The swim will be held on Jetties Beach. It wil be low tide so all participants will need to walk about 300 yards on a sandy bottom to the starting line. 

Wetsuits:

Wetsuits are optional for the event but highly encouraged. The water temperature is expected to be in the low 70s. 

Questions?

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

Event Day Timeline:

 

EVENT DAY TIMELINE

6:45 – 7:30 am: Registration/Check in
7:40 am: Swimmer Safety Talk, Why I Swim
8:00 am: Opening Ceremony/National Anthem
8:05 am: Kids Splash
8:15 am: 1 Mile Swim Start
8:17 am: 1/2 Mile Swim Start
9:30 am: Breakfast
9:50 am: Awards Ceremony
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Swimmer Requirements

Be a WaveMaker Swimmer:

Wavemakers are elite SAA fundraisers. All swimmers raise at least $200, 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. Teams must have a minimum of 3 swimmers and each swimmer is still required to meet the individual fundraising minimum of $200.

Fundraising Requirements for Everyone

All swimmers are required to raise at lesat $200 by event day. 

Age Requirements:

All swimmers must be a minimum age of 11. Swimmers aged 9 or 10 must be reviewed by the race director prior to the event date.

Registration Fees:

There is a registration fee that will be credited towards each swimmer's fundraising minimum after registering. 

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 

Transportation/Lodging

Nantucket is easily reachable year round by ferry boat or plane service. During the busy summer season, the town encourages visitors to limit bringing their cars over by providing a seasonal shuttle system giving the community an essential transportation option around the island. There are miles of town maintained by bike paths, town owned beaches & beautiful harbors for moorings all enhancing the experience on the island. From the beautiful sunsets o Madaket to the charming small village of Siasconset, the public can view the beautiful landscapes, historic homes or wide spread beaches until reaching their special and personal Nantucket destination.

For more information on Nantucket, the best place to go is the Nantucket Visitor's Services by clicking here. For options for places to stay, please click here or here.

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