Charles River Masters has been a proud participant in the SAA Boston Pool Relay and Harbor Swim for over 15 years. Each year we recruit swimmers, volunteers, friends and family to help raise funds to support cancer research and prevention. This year's events were slated to take place on April 5th (pool) and July 10th (harbor) but both were postponed due to Covid-19 concerns. But not to be deterred, we still want to Make Waves to Fight Cancer. After all, cancer does not go into quarantine!
Fortunately, we have an awesome alternative:
For this year only, the two SAA Boston events will join together to complete a Coast to Coast Virtual Challenge, a virtual activity tracking and fundraising challenge where participants will work together to travel across America in support of cancer research at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Mass General Hospital for Children Cancer Center. Participants may choose their own activity and goals to help Team SAA-Boston move "across America". Activities may include a walk, bike ride, run, swim or any favorite physical activity in any safe location in your local community. Participants may even log cancer treatment hours! Our virtual route will travel to each Swim Across America open water event city (21 total "stops") for a 7,686-mile journey. Tracking will begin June 15th and run through Sept 7th (Labor Day). One hour of fitness activity = 3 Coast to Coast miles. One activity mile = 1 Coast to Coast mile. Please consider joining us!
We participate as a team because a group makes a bigger splash than as separate individuals. We participate to recognize the coaches, teammates, and other athletes who have made an impression on us throughout our years of training. We participate in memory of friends and family who lost their battle with cancer before the medical advances of today. We participate to enjoy the beautiful outdoors, to be inspired by amazing stories, and to do something we love. We participate to honor today's "cancer survivors" and the belief that the world will be a better place with more of them.
We look forward to these annual SAA events and are honored to do our part to help make a difference, especially this year!
Thank you for your support and interest. To make a donation, either click on the "Donate" button, or send a check payable to "Swim Across America" with the name of the swimmer you're supporting, and mail to:
Swim Across America - Boston
c/o Jamie Mannion
PO Box 206
300 Broadway Libby
Revere, MA 02151
If you'd like to track your own fitness activity and help us in our virtual Coast to Coast challenge, please click "Join Team". 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.
Swim Across America, Inc., [SAA] is dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming- related events. With the help of hundreds of volunteers nationwide and past and current Olympians, SAA is helping find a cure for cancer through athleticism, community outreach and direct service.