The Mission Doesn't Stop! Anyone that is passionate about cancer research and wants to continue to support SAA - Boston and Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Mass General Hospital for Children Cancer Center can participate in their own personal challenge all year. Stay tuned for the best yet to come for SAA-Boston in 2021!
Registrations: 104 Goal: 300000
The Mission Doesn't Stop! We've reached the coast to coast finish line, but we can keep fighting cancer. Anyone that is passionate about cancer research and wants to continue to support SAA - Boston and Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Mass General Hospital for Children Cancer Center can participate in their own personal challenge all year.
How can I still support SAA-Boston?
Even in these uncertain times, we can continue making waves to fight cancer. As we navigate COVID-19, we've created a special webpage for event updates, helpful information and ways you can continue to support the mission of Swim Across America.
The Boston Harbor Islands Swim is a 22 mile relay-style open water swim that starts and finishes at Rowes Wharf in downtown Boston. Each participant will swim in a 15 minute session (heat) approximately 4 - 6 times throughout the day. Offering a tour of the breathtaking Boston Harbor and Islands, this SAA relay swim provides a unique opportunity to collectively "Make Waves to Fight Cancer."
Unfortunately due to COVID-19 we are unable to have a live in-person event this summer. Alternatively, we will be offering a virtual 'Coast to Coast' Challenge as a way for swimmers, volunteers, family and friends to continue to support research at our beneficiaries.
Swim Across America-Boston will be participating in Coast to Coast - a virtual activity tracking and fundraising challenge where participants will work together to travel across America with a mission to support cancer research. Participants can choose their own activity and goals that will support Team SAA-Boston move across America. Activities can include a walk, bike ride, run, swim or any favorite physical activity in any safe location in your local community. You can even log cancer treatment hours! The virtual route will travel to each Swim Across America open water event city (21 ‘stops’) for a 7,686 mile journey. Tracking will begin June 15th.
Questions about participating in Coast to Coast? All your answers can be found in Frequently Asked Questions.
The full course map and distances for all legs can be found here.
You can find some new and inspiring fundraising messages crafted for 2020 as well as shareable graphics for Instagram, Facebook and your Participant Center to boost your fundraising for the 'Coast to Coast' challenge here.
All 2020 SAA - Boston participants will receive the 2020 commemorative shirt as a thank you for their support and commitment to Swim Across America. This shirt features the slogan "The Mission Doesn't Stop" on the front - a reference to 34 years and counting of impact we've had 'Making Waves To Fight Cancer' with all the SAA cities on back. The tri-blend shirt comes in blue to recognize our frontline heroes in hospitals and research centers in this unprecedented year.
To Join the Coast to Coast Challenge, there is a small personal DONATION of $25 to get you started, and while we will encourage you to fundraise, there is NO Fundraising Minimum to participate. We are all working together as an event to travel coast to coast, but you can still choose to register as an individual or as a part of a fundraising team. Teams can be an inspirational way to honor a loved one and motivate your family and friends to register with you!
Already registered for SAA - Boston? Great! No need to change your registration. You are already eligible to participate in the activity tracking challenge.
Note, Online Fundraising Pages on the SAA website are still available, and you can still use Facebook and other Social Media platforms to solicit additional donations. Proceeds from the challenge will support cancer research at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Mass General Hospital for Children Cancer Center.
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 - Boston
c/o Jamie Mannion
PO Box 206
300 Broadway Lbby
Revere, MA 02151
Make sure to include a note with the name of the swimmer you are donating to.
Join us online for a chance to hear inspiring stories and celebrate the impact we have made on the fight against cancer in Boston!
For 2020, the Team Relay Challenge will be replaced by the Coast to Coast Challenge. We invite ALL swimmers, volunteers and supporters to join the challenge by registering above.
We look forward to the Team Relay Challenge returning to Harvard University's Blodgett Pool in spring of 2021!
Kick off your spring swimming calendar by joining us in the "Making Waves Team Relay Challenge" event to help raise money and awareness for cancer research and treatment. Gather your teammates for a 2 hour relay swim at Blodgett Pool. Challenge other teams to swim the farthest and raise the most in this annual event. For every $100 raised over the minimum your team receives an additional 100 yards to be added to their total.