The Seattle Open Water Swim includes swimmers of all ages and skill levels. Swim as an individual or as a team to honor loved ones who have been affected by cancer. All proceeds from the swim benefit Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Whether you are a returning SAA swimmer or looking to do your first open water swim, we welcome you to the Swim Across America family and hope you will join us as we "Make Waves to Fight Cancer."
Register before June 15th with a registration fee of $25! The fee will increase to $50 on June 15th.
A Seattle swimmer may elect to swim either the ½ or 2 mile swim. The registration process will allow you to create an individual webpage to track your fundraising efforts.
Teams can also be formed to swim in honor or in memory of an individual. Teams must have at least 3 swimmers and must raise at least $900. Any swimmer may be part of a team, no matter in which distance he/she elects to swim. Click here to learn more about creating a team.
In our experience all participants find it gratifying to make an impact in this fight against cancer by using their swimming abilities. This swim is designed to include all types of swimmers from Master Swimmers, Olympians, recreational swimmers, and competitive swim club swimmers.
Click here for a course map. There is a 1/2 mile or 2 mile option.
Click here for information about water temp and quality of Luther Burbank Swim Beach.
Click here for information about parking and out event location.
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 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 swim 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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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 fundraisering 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 shirt at the event.
Swimmer - A swimmer is required to raise $300 by event day. They will receive a tshirt and towel for their fundraising efforts.
After choosing which type is right for you, you can choose your distance. You can choose from 1/2 mile or 2 mile distances.
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
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.