Welcome to the 25th year celebrating Swim Across America with Long Island Sound benefit swims. The Open Water Swim and Long Island Sound Pool Swims have raised record-breaking funds to fight cancer!
Proceeds from the swim will support immunotherapy research at the Swim Across America Laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, pediatric oncology research at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian and patient services with Cancer Support Team.
Registrations: 596 Goal: 1000000
The Long Island Sound Swim is the oldest and continues to be the largest of all the SAA events. Our course takes us from the start at Larchmont Yacht Club and finishes at Larchmont Shore Club, making our way along the shore. We welcome all those new and returning SAA swimmers to take part in the 10K, 5K or 2K swim options. Thank you for helping us “Make Waves to Fight Cancer."
The Long Island Sound Swim has been raising money for cancer research, prevention and treatment since 1992. It was, and still is, dedicated to the memory of Kathy Webers, who, along with family and friends, courageously battled cancer for over a year. In our first year, we had 35 swimmers and raised $15,000. In 2016, we had over 600 swimmers and raised over $1,000,000. Due to our faithful swimmers, dedicated volunteers, and generous donors, Long Island Sound has become one of the most distinguished open water swims in the country. Please join us this year on our Silver 25th Anniversary!
Must be 18 years or older, have previously completed a LIS 5K swim, and have LIS committee approval.
A person may elect to swim alone, or be part of a team. Teams are friends and family that participate in a swim(s) together as a group, often times, in honor or in memory of an individual. Teams must have at least 5 swimmers. A team of 5 - 10 swimmers, must raise at least $5,000 - each additional member must raise $500. A swimmer may be part of a team, no matter in which venue they elect to swim.
Online registration will close 48 hours prior to the swim! Event day registration may still be available if space permits.
Sound water temperatures can vary. Wetsuits are not mandatory, but strongly recommended.
All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.
If this is your first time participating or if you just need some tips to be a better fundraiser, click here. It will walk you through the participant center and teach you how to email donors, share on social media sites and download the fundraising app.
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
PO Box 217
Larchmont, NY 10538
Make sure to include a note with the name of the swimmer you are donating to.
Click here for an in-depth description of the swim logistics.
A car will be at the Larchmont Train Station to provide transportation to LYC for a swimmer who is arriving by train. Buses will be available at both clubs to provide transportation between the clubs and the train station.
Parking is limited at the Larchmont Clubs. It is recommended that all non-swimmers planning on attending the Larchmont Clubs park at the Larchmont Train Station - NYC South bound Side. Buses will be provided for free transportation to the Larchmont Clubs and back.
Larchmont Yacht Club
1 Woodbine Ave.
Larchmont Shore Club
1 Oak Bluff Ave.
Check-in at Larchmont Yacht Club Pandemonium: 5:45 am to 6:45 am. Please come early. Complimentary continental breakfast is served.
5K Swimmers - once directed, proceed from LYC front lawn assembly to dock
2K Swimmers - once directed, proceed from LYC front lawn assembly to dock
Boat and Kayak support are lined up to keep you on course and keep you safe.
Check-Out: all swimmers MUST check out. This is a mandatory safety regulation! Whether you finish the swim or not, you need to check out!
Brunch: Provided post swim for each swimmer, boater, kayaker & land volunteer. Brunch tickets may be purchased for guests. Teams are recognized during the brunch. A facsimile check is presented to the beneficiaries. Shower and changing facilities provided at Larchmont Shore Club.
Awards Ceremony: After swimmers cross the finish line, enjoy our beneficiary recognition, watch the check presentation ceremony and enjoy brunch with family and friends.
We are really excited about this year’s event and we hope you can join us in our enthusiasm and help in the fight against cancer. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our safety team:
Swim Across America makes swimmer safety the most important component of all our swimming events. A Safety Director is responsible for coordinating all activities within an event, and works closely with the local Fire, Police and EMT's to ensure swimmer safety. We will have a number of lifeguards, safety kayakers and safety boats out on the course with us to ensure swimmer safety at all times. All boats are 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 Safety Director.
All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.
We support the Swim Across America Research Laboratory at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
We fund the Tommy Palazzo Fellowship for Pediatric Oncology Research at Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian (Blood and Marrow Transplanation) at Columbia University Medical Center.
The Cancer Support Team is a local home health care agency located in Mamaroneck, NY. They provide many services to cancer patients and their families.
Sponsors who support Swim Across America are the backbone of our events and we offer a number of opportunities to get involved. You may choose to honor or remember a swimmer, advertise your business, or honor the swim itself. Swim Across America is a qualified 501(c)(3) organization, and donations are tax deductible as allowable by law.
The Long Island Sound Swim started in Larchmont, New York in 1992 at the Larchmont Yacht Club with a 4-mile swim. It was, and still is, dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Kathy Webers, who along with family and friends courageously battled cancer for over a year. Our first year we had 35 swimmers and raised $15,000.
In 1994, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York renamed one of its highest priority labs in honor of Swim Across America. It was also the first year that the swim's course ended at the Larchmont Shore Club, where a brunch was held.
Without a swim in 1996, the Long Island Swim Committee reformed and in addition to the 4-mile swim added the 1- mile swim. Cancer Support Team and Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian at Columbia University Medical Center were added as additional beneficiaries.
In 1999, the Orienta Beach Club Pool 1/2 and 1-mile swims were added to provide for those who wanted to participate and support this event, but chose not to swim in Long Island Sound, or were too young to do so.
In 2003, a 6 mile swim was added to the Sound Swims for those who wanted to raise the bar on their swimming capabilities. The Committee asked them to raise the bar on their fundraising abilities.
In 2005, the NYAC Travers Island Pool Swim was added to our events and over $1 million was raised, by the time the last donation was received.
In 2011, we learned that the Swim Across America lab at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center was instrumental in the development of a USFDA approved revolutionary new drug to treat advance skin cancer. We added more pool swims, introduced the "pool crawl" and raised over $1,245,000.
2017 will mark our 25th year raising money to fight cancer through research, as well as provide for those who are going through treatment. Our Committee has worked hard, but without your support we could not have done it alone. We give thanks to all of you who have partnered with us throughout the years to make this event such a success.
Click here to view the SAA - Long Island Sound archive of photos, videos and flyers.
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Interested in raising money for SAA - Long Island Sound, but not sure you're ready for the open water? Why not start a pool swim? Gather together your family, friends or team for a day at the pool. Contact Tony Sibio by email or by phone at (914) 319-2970 to learn more!