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Seattle Open Water Swim

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

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

Proceeds from the swim will support cancer research, prevention and treatment at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

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!

Seattle Update

CONGRATULATIONS to Team Kidder Mathews for making the Foster Pepper $10K match.  There are still 4 more matches available for any team to reach $10K in team fundraising.  Go get the match! 

NEW 1 mile swim to the event this year. Please note we have added this distance this year!


 

Progress

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Goal:
$300,000.00
Achieved:
$141,292.26
Top Fundraisers

WaveMaker Swimmer

  1. "Heart" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Gordon Buchan - $4,880.00
  2. "Heart" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Carolyn Hewitt - $3,103.00
  3. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Stephan Fihn - $2,435.00
  4. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Julie Shryock - $1,764.00
  5. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter James Lasersohn - $1,525.69
  6. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Randall Mullen - $1,475.00
  7. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Greg Miller - $1,450.00
  8. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Michael Riddick - $1,376.00
  9. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter David Byrd - $1,375.00
  10. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Robin Sherwood - $1,280.00

Swimmer

  1. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Sean Silas - $2,450.00
  2. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Melvin Smith - $2,080.00
  3. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Shayna Leonardsen - $1,965.00
  4. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Matthew Netting - $1,850.00
  5. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Jeff Koontz - $1,450.00
  6. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Jacqui Lotz - $1,350.00
  7. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Elin Zander - $1,155.00
  8. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Damon Delistraty - $1,150.00
  9. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Eric Cross - $1,050.00
  10. "SAA Superstar"  Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Susanne Quistgaard - $1,000.00

Virtual Participant

  1. "Rock Star" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Gabe Wheeler - $550.00
  2. "Rock Star" Badge Ben Nussbaum - $525.00
  3. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Craig Nisgor - $250.00
  4. "Thumbs Up" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Mele Hunter - $250.00
  5. Fundraiser Kickstarter Shawn Turner - $100.00
  6. Fundraiser Kickstarter Shirley DiJulio - $100.00
  7. Fundraiser Kickstarter Nick Connors - $50.00

Land Volunteer

  1. Fundraiser Kickstarter Madeline Browne - $100.00
  2. Fundraiser Kickstarter Deborah Leslie - $50.00
  3. Fundraiser Kickstarter Cassandra Yoder - $40.00

Boater

  1. "Rock Star" Badge Fundraiser Kickstarter Sam Sullivan - $500.00
  2. Fundraiser Kickstarter Jon Sjothun - $50.00

Kayaker

  1. Fundraiser Kickstarter John Miller - $50.00
Team Honor Roll
  1. Team Kidder Mathews - $16,275.00
  2. Team Ben Towne Foundation - $10,225.00
  3. Point B and Orca Swim Team - $10,152.69
  4. Samena Swim Team - $7,275.00
  5. Team No Limits - $5,839.00
  6. Mercerwood Shore Club - $5,711.57
  7. Team T.B.D. - $5,585.00
  8. Team SCCA - $5,120.00
  9. Team Jema - $4,490.00
  10. Mercer Island Redwoods - $4,220.00
  11. Tachywaves - $3,425.00
  12. Not Just Treading Water - $2,316.00
  13. Seattle University Redhawks - $1,955.00
  14. Dudes For Kass - $1,725.00
  15. Mercer Island Country Club - $1,575.00
  16. Swimming with Porpoise - $1,430.00
  17. Swimmers Saving MI-llions - $1,375.00
  18. F3 - $725.00
  19. Old Mcdonalds - $600.00
  20. SPST - $500.00
  21. Foster Pepper - $450.00
  22. Making Swells For Healthy Cells - $325.00
  23. Active Drowners - $200.00
  24. EC Swimming - $175.00
  25. PRO Sports Club - $100.00

General Information

Be a WaveMaker Swimmer:

WaveMakers are elite SAA fundraisers. All swimmers raise at least $300, but WaveMakers (WM) go above and beyond the call of duty by pledging to rasie 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 $300.

Distance Options:

  • 1/2 Mile
  • NEW 1 Mile
  • 2 Mile

Course & Venue

  • Click here for a course map.
  • Click here for information about water temp and quality of Luther Burbank Swim Beach.
  • Click here for information about parking and out event location.

Kid's Splash!

Learn about this year's new Kid Splash! Children age 11 and under are welcome to take part in a 50m freestyle open water swim on event day. Click here to learn more!

Questions?

Click here to learn more about our local SAA, Seattle committee or visit the Contact Us section.

The below timeline will be updated shortly to include information on the NEW 1 Mile Distance addition! 

EVENT DAY TIMELINE

Luther Burbank Park
2040 84th Ave Southeast
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Note: Parking at Luther Burbank North and south lots fill up early, overflow parking at Mercer Island Park and Ride 80th Ave. SE & N Mercer Way 7800 N Mercer Way, a Sound Transit bus stop too! It is across the street from the MI Community Center, please do not park at the Community Center. Link to Luther Burbank park
6:00 – 7:00 am: 2 Mile Registration - Please be sure to bring your completed waiver form (neatly and legibly) to ensure a smooth registration process. 2 Mile Registration will close at 7:00 am sharp.
7:00 – 8:00 am: 1/2 Mile & 1 Mile Registration - Please be sure to bring your completed waiver form (neatly and legibly) to ensure a smooth registration process.
7:10 am: Swimmer safety meeting and group photo. Please be prompt, we want you included!
7:15 am: South parking lot shuttles and car pools depart for 2 mile swimmers to Mercerwood Shore Club. We will have at 2 shuttles to accommodate the 2 mile swimmers – you may also take individual carpools to Mercerwood as needed

Note:
Anyone driving to Mercerwood Shore Club must park along East Mercer Way and
walk down to the beach area. Please do not park in the Mercerwood Shore Club parking lot.

8:00 am: Start 2 mile swim at Mercerwood Shore Club, finish at Luther Burbank swim beach.
8:30 am: Start 1/2 mile & 1 mile swims at Luther Burbank swim beach, finish at Luther Burbank swim beach.
9:30 am: Kids gather for the Kid's Splash
10:00 am (approx): Awards ceremony
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Swimmer Requirements

Be a WaveMaker Swimmer:

WaveMakers are elite SAA fundraisers. All swimmers raise at least $300, but WaveMakers (WM) go above and beyond the call of duty by pledging to rasie 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 $300.

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

Swim Across America makes swimmer safety the most important component of all our swimming events. Our Safety Director is responsible for coordinating all activities within the event, and will work closely with both local Police and Coast Guard representatives to ensure swimmer safety. We will have the Mercer Island Police Marine Patrol out on the course with us, as well as a number of lifeguards, safety kayakers and safety boats to ensure swimmer safety at all times. All boats will be 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 event’s Safety Director.

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