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Welcome to the Swim Across America - Fairfield County Open Water Swim. Formerly known as SAA - Greenwich-Stamford, we invite swimmers of all ages and skill levels to take part in our 14th annual event in beautiful Long Island Sound. Volunteers (on land and water) are also invited to sign up and we always welcome friends and family to cheer our swimmers as they make waves to fight cancer.

  • Proceeds from our events support Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy, the nation’s only foundation dedicated exclusively to funding cancer gene therapy research.

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EVENT INFO
ABOUT

Established in 2008, the SAA - Fairfield County swim has donated $4.165 million over 13 years to Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy. 100% of funds contributed by Swim Across America to ACGT go directly to research.

We welcome new and returning SAA swimmers to our June 27th signature open water swim on the Greenwich-Stamford border with 0.5 mile, 1.5 mile and 3.0 mile distance options. If you can’t make our open water date or prefer a pool, we offer pool swims throughout Fairfield County during the summer and fall.

Volunteer kayakers, paddle boarders, boaters, and certified lifeguards are needed too! And we always welcome friends and family to cheer our swimmers as they make waves to fight cancer.

If you have any questions about SAA - Fairfield County, please contact Michele Graham or Nancy Carr.

Water Volunteers: For all boating inquiries, please contact Sean Brady. Kayakers and Stand-Up Paddleboarders can contact Dana Lee.

Note: Swimmers are required to use a wetsuit for all distances.

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Swim Across America, Inc. (“SAA”) is a nonprofit corporation recognized by the IRS with federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Tax ID #22-3248256)

EVENT DETAILS
SWIMMER REQUIREMENTS

General Fundraising Requirement:

All adult swimmers are required to raise at least $500 by event day. Swimmers under 18 are required to raise $300 by event day.

WaveMaker Swimmer: $1,000 minimum:

WaveMakers are elite SAA fundraisers and go above and beyond the call of duty by pledging to raise at least $1,000 regardless of your age. You can sign up for any of the 3 distances. WaveMakers get exclusive WM swag and access to the WM tent on event day.

Swim as an Individual, or on a Team:

A person may elect to swim alone, or be part of a team. Many colleagues and college alumni will form teams, or teams may be formed in honor or memory of a loved one. All teams are inspirational and rewarding for all of us involved with Swim Across America. All team members are still required to meet the individual fundraising minimum of $500.

Distance Options:

  • 0.5 Mile
  • 1.5 Mile
  • 3.0 Mile

Registration Fees:

There is a registration fee that will be credited towards each swimmer's fundraising minimum. The registration fee will change as follows:

  • Register before March 20th with a registration fee of $50
  • Register between March 21st and May 29th with a registration fee of $75
  • Register between May 30th and event day with a registration fee of $100

NOTE: Online registration will close 48 hours prior to the swim! Event day registration may still be available if space permits.

Due to water temperature, wetsuits are mandatory for all distances.

Wetsuit Rentals and Purchases:

Last Minute Rentals: If you are still in need of a wetsuit, Cycleology in Westport has sleeved and sleeveless wetsuits for $30 (sleeveless) and $45 (sleeved). Place your rental order before 6pm Thursday, 6/20 and we'll pick them up, have them at the swim, and return for you. Call Cycleology at (203) 586-3030 and mention it's for Swim Across America. They will be able to help you with sizing over the phone. If they are out of your size, Zane’s in Branford has sleeved and sleeveless TYR wetsuits for $35 (5-day rental). Place your rental order before 6pm on Thursday, 6/20 and we'll also pick them up for you and return. Call Zane's at (203) 488-3244 and mention it's for Swim Across America. For proper sizing, visit the TYR Hurricane size guide.

Online Purchase: Orca is offering a 10% discount on all Orca wetsuits with code SAA10.

Waivers:

All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.

What to Bring:

In addition to bringing any donations you have collected, please remember to bring the following items: directions to ACGT, a towel, sunscreen, a baseball hat or equivalent to shade your face, sweatshirt, sweatpants, wetsuit (mandatory), board shirt (this goes underneath the wetsuit to prevent chafing around the neck), Vaseline or BodyGlide (for under the arms, neck area), 2 pairs of goggles, your cell phone to take pictures to post on social media, and don't forget a labeled bag that zips to put everything in!

SCHEDULE

Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

6:00 am: Volunteers Arrive

6:30 am: 3-Miler Registration

7:00 am: 1-Miler and 1/2 Miler Registration

7:45 am: Group Photograph at the Patio

8:00 am: Welcome & Swimmer Safety Meeting

8:15 am: Honored Speaker

8:30 am: 1.5 Milers Begin

8:45 am: 1/2 Milers Begin

10:00 am: Awards Ceremony

10:15 am: Open Water Swim Ends for 2020!

HOW TO FUNDRAISE

2020 Fundraising Kit Coming Soon. For reference - the 2019 Fundraising Kit Now Available!

The Fairfield County team has put together a Fundraising Kit to help all swimmers hit their fundraising goals. Download here and check out the links below to make waves in your community:

If this is your first time participating in Swim Across America 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
c/o Jacque Lang
14 Little Ridge Road
Ridgefield, CT 06877

Make sure to include a note with the name of the swimmer you are donating to.

Swim Across America, Inc. (“SAA”) is a nonprofit corporation recognized by the IRS with federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Tax ID #22-3248256)

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SAFETY

Swim Across America makes participant safety the most important component of all our events. All swimmers will be asked to follow specific safety procedures and policies to participate, as well as comply with SAA safety personnel, including local and government entities, Lifeguards, and water safety volunteers. Participants are responsible for adequately preparing for their registered event. We ask that all participants review the information packet provided in advance of event day, as well as attend the day-of safety briefing for important safety information.

Waivers:

All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.

Policies:

If you have questions about our policies regarding inclement weather, swim equipment or wetsuits, please consult our Policies page.

WETSUITS

Swimmers will be required to wear wetsuits for all distances. Please read our full wetsuit policy and tips on our Policies Page.

Wetsuit Rentals and Purchases:

Online Rental: WetsuitRental.com is offering $15 off with code SAA15 on adult and youth wetsuit rentals. You can find more info here.

Online Purchase: Orca is offering a 10% discount on all Orca wetsuits with code SAA10.

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GETTING THERE

Directions:

Swim Location: 96 Cummings Point Road in Stamford, CT
Take Connecticut Turnpike (I-95) to Exit 5. At the traffic light at the end of the ramp, take a right onto East Putnam Avenue (U.S. route 1). At the first light, take a right onto Sound Beach Avenue. Bear right at the rotary and continue on Sound Beach Avenue to end (approximately 1.9 miles). Turn left onto Shore Road. Proceed to third stop sign (approximately .8 miles), turn right onto Cummings Point Road. Follow Cummings Point until you are approaching a road barrier that reads "No Trespassing/Do Not Enter." Before reaching the barrier, turn left between stone columns.

Places to Stay:

The following hotels are centrally-located for swimmers attending this event:

Sheraton Stamford Hotel
700 East Main Street
Stamford, CT 06901
(203) 358-8400

Hyatt Regency Greenwich
1800 East Putnam Avenue
Old Greenwich, CT 06870
(203) 409-4350

POOL SWIMS

Riverside Yacht Club Pool Swim

Riverside Yacht Club
Date: TBA 2020

Rocky Point Club Inner Tube Water Polo

Rocky Point Club Pool
Date: TBA 2020

Fairfield County Swimming League (FCSL) Pool Swims

METERS FOR A CURE ERG CHALLENGE

Meters for a Cure ERG Challenge (Rowing Event)

Greenwich Water Club
Date: TBA 2020

MAKE WAVES DAY

2020 Make Waves Day Info Coming Soon!

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