Welcome to the inaugural Swim Across America Charlotte Open Water Swim. Swimmers and supporters of all ages and skill levels are invited to take part in our event in Lake Norman. Proceeds from the swim will support leukemia research at the Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte.
Proceeds from the swim will support leukemia research at Levine Cancer Institute (Carolinas Healthcare System).
Registrations: 258 Goal: 140000
Online Registration is now closed. Please click here if you're looking for important swim day information.
Our Swim is not a competition, but a fundraising event for everyone, both swimmers and volunteers. Choose a distance to swim or sign up as an event volunteer. Either way we welcome you to the Swim Across America family and our efforts to “Make Waves to Fight Cancer!”
As a swimmer, you will be expected to raise a minimum amount of money. There are no minimum fundraising amounts for event volunteers, however, we do encourage you to do so if possible.
We do have several corporate sponsors that help underwrite the event expenses so that the majority of the monies that participants raise go directly to our beneficiary, Levine Cancer Institute.
All swimmers are required to raise at least $400 by event day.
Swimmers under 18 are required to raise $250 by event day.
A person may elect to participate alone or be part of a fundraising team. Grab your colleagues, high school, college alums or neighborhood friends and form a team. Many of our teams swim in honor or memory of a loved one. Teams are inspirational and rewarding for all of us involved with Swim Across America and there is no limit to how many team members you can have on it. All team members are still responsible to meet the fundraising minimum.
Want the chance to swim with friends or compete against others for bragging rights and specials prizes? We offer the option for participants to swim the event as part of a 4-person relay. Each individual swims a loop of the 1/2 mile course. Relay members are still required to raise the $400 minimum but can share the fundraising! Find a corporate sponsor for the team, host your own gathering, get creative on how to raise funds. Be sure to check out our Fundraising page for more ideas.
WaveMakers are elite SAA fundraisers and go above and beyond the call of duty by pledging to raise at least $1,000 regardless of age. You can sign up for any of the swim distances. WaveMakers get an exclusive WM gift and access to the WM village on event day where there will be other offerings.
There is a registration fee that will be credited towards each swimmer's fundraising minimum. The registration fee will change as follows:
Online registration will close 48 hours prior to the swim! Event day registration may still be available if space permits.
2:15pm: Volunteers arrive
2:45pm: Registration/Check-in begins
3:40pm: Opening Remarks/Safety Talk/Group Photo/National Anthem
4:00pm: 3-mile start
4:30pm: 1.5 mile start
4:40pm: ½ mile start
5:30-6pm: Swim Finish/Awards
5:30-7pm: Picnic Dinner & Music
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, Inc.
11600 N. Community House Rd, #100
Charlotte, NC 28277
Make sure to include a note with the name of the swimmer you are donating to.
Swim Across America Charlotte takes place in Lake Norman and features an in-water start with the water temperature historically in the low 80’s so wetsuits are hardly ever permitted. The rectangular shaped course starts right at the beach at the YMCA. The water is usually very flat as the course is situated in a protected area of the lake that is sheltered from the wind.
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 EMTs to ensure swimmer safety. We will have a number of lifeguards, safety kayakers and safety boats out on the course 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 designed to protect participants from injury. These will be enforced by the Safety Director.
All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here. Please bring it with you to the event.
Lake Norman YMCA
21300 Davidson Street
Cornelius, NC 28031
704 716 4400
Main parking will be at the YMCA Parking Lot: 21300 Davidson St. Cornelius, NC 21300. Here is a detailed link with a map.
Backup Parking available at these locations (shuttles available as needed):
Ada Jenkins: 212 Gamble St. Davidson, NC
Cornelius Elementary: 21126 Catawba Ave. Cornelius, NC 21126
Tom Beeri (2008) - Represented Team Israel at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China in the 100M and 200M breastroke. He also served as the Israeli Olympic swim team captain and set two Israeli national records at the Games.
Ricky Berens (2008, 2012) - Represented Team USA at the 2008 (Beijing) and 2012 (London) Olympics. The Charlotte native is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, world champion, and current world record-holder. After graduating from South Mecklenburg High School, he attended the University of Texas at Austin and won a national championship as part of the 2010 Texas Longhorns swimming and diving team.
Amy McGrath (1980) - Represented Team USA in platform diving at the 1980 Summer Games. She was an All-American in diving in 1980, 1981 and 1982 at Indiana University.
Ellen Owens (1992) - Represented Team USA in platform diving at the 1992 (Barcelona) Olympics. Owens was a Southeastern Conference champion and All-American at the University of Alabama.
Lou Vitucci (1964) - Represented Team USA in platform diving at the 1964 (Rome) Olympics.
Louis van Amstel - Professional dancer and choreographer who appears on the popular series Dancing with the Stars. A Swim Across America Ambassador that is also the creator of the popular dance fitness program LaBlast. He'll be teaching classes in Charlotte around the Open Water Swim weekend.
Levine Center Recreation Center at Queens University
Interested in raising money for SAA - Charlotte, 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. Email us to learn more!