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Welcome to the Swim Across America - Fairfield County Open Water Swim.
We invite swimmers of all ages and skill levels to take part in our 15th 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 on our swimmers as they Make Waves to Fight Cancer.

Thank you for making our 2021 swim a success! You can still register as a virtual SAA My Way participant and fundraise to support local cancer research this year.

6:30 am: Registration Opens!
7:35 am: Rolling Swim Start
10:00 am: 2021 open water swim ends!
LOCATION
96 Cummings Point Road
Stamford, CT
Swim Options
.5 mile, 1.5 miles, 3 miles
SAA My Way (Virtual)
Fundraising
18+: $500
Under 18: $300
BENEFITING
$227,139.89$250,000.00
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EVENT INFO
ABOUT

Welcome to the Swim Across America - Fairfield County Open Water Swim! Established in 2007 originally as SAA - Greenwich-Stamford, SAA - Fairfield County has donated over $4.3 million to our beneficiary: Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT). Thank you for your support of cancer research in Fairfield County.

Each year we are proud to host over 375 swimmers and volunteers, spectators and supporters, as well as Olympians near and far at our charity swim. We are so excited to have you join us for our 15th annual swim on Sunday, August 8th at ACGT!

Whether you are a veteran swimmer or you're looking to do your first open water swim, we welcome you to help us "Make Waves to Fight Cancer."

Swim Across America is dedicated to providing a safe return to events in 2021.

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EVENT DETAILS
YOUR IMPACT

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SAA - Fairfield County has granted over $4.3 million to Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy since 2007. Based in Stamford, CT, ACGT is the only charitable organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to funding and fostering research into cell and gene therapies for cancer.

2021 Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy Research Fellows Funded by Swim Across America Fairfield County

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Sidi Chen, PhD, Assistant Professor, Yale University School of Medicine Department of Genetics, Systems Biology Institute and Cancer Center, West Haven, CT (Profile)
Project: Initial Development of a Novel CRISPRa-Based Immune Gene Therapy for PDAC (pancreatic cancer)
“I believe in the power and potential of cell and gene therapies and I am confident they are the key to transforming the future of cancer care. ACGT, with the help of Swim Across America, has had profound impact in raising awareness and advancing knowledge in this arena. I am grateful for ACGT’s years of leadership and for its interest in my research. I am proud to be a member of the ACGT and Swim Across America community.”

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Stephen Gottschalk, MD, Chair of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee (Profile)
Project: ECM-Targeted T-Cell Therapy for Pediatric Sarcomas
"Pediatric sarcoma, which comes back after initial therapy or is present at multiple sites, is difficult to treat even with the most aggressive, currently available therapies. Because sarcomas are a relatively uncommon group of cancers, accounting for about 15 percent of childhood cancers, improving outcomes has been challenging. This ACGT and Swim Across America grant enables me to further investigate how we can leverage different proteins to attack not only abnormal sarcoma cells, but also the blood vessels that provide nutrients to tumors. We’ve seen this approach work in mice. Given the resources from this grant, we can move ahead much faster to complete all the preclinical studies that are need to evaluate our approach in the clinic.”

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Noriyuki Kasahara, MD, PhD, Principal Investigator at the Brain Tumor Center at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) (Profile)
Project: Virotherapy for Glioblastoma Brain Cancer
“I am extremely grateful to ACGT and Swim Across America for funding this next phase of our work. At a time when federal funding has become scarce, it’s wonderful and inspiring to see private foundations like ACGT step up to support the potential of innovative science. Together, we will continue our fight to find better ways to help cancer patients.”

Read more about the research of the 2021 fellows in the SAA-FC Impact Report.

SWIMMER INFORMATION & 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 Status: $1,000 minimum:

WaveMakers go above and beyond the call of duty by raising at least $1,000 regardless of your age. Anyone can achieve WaveMaker status - swimmers, volunteers or SAA My Way participants. WaveMakers get special recognition and an exclusive WM gift on event day. You can learn more about WaveMaker Status here.

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 Self-Donation:

Swimmers will be asked to kickstart your fundraising and let your supporters know you are personally committed to the mission of SAA. The registration self-donation is a 100% tax deductible donation that will be will be credited towards each swimmer's fundraising minimum. The minimum self-donation amount will change as follows:

  • Register before May 7th with a registration fee of $50
  • Register between May 8th and July 9th with a registration fee of $75
  • Register between July 10th 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.

Wetsuit Policy:

Below 67° F ------ Required*
67.1° F - 79.9° F ------ Permitted
80° F and above ------ By approval only*

Swim skins are permitted.

*Exceptions may be reviewed and approved by the National Director of Events, Event Director, and Swim Course or Safety Coordinator. Local safety teams must be advised of the special exceptions.

Wetsuit Tips

SAA strongly encourages swimmers to choose an open water swimming / triathlon specific wetsuit over a general water sports wetsuit.

Wetsuit Rentals and Purchases:

Local Rental:

Local Rental: Cycleology in Westport, CT is offering 50% off a weekend or weekly rental of adult wetsuits.

in Westport, CT is offering 50% off a weekend or weekly rental of adult wetsuits.

 

Online Purchase: Orca is offering a 15% discount on all Orca wetsuits with code SAAPARTICIPANT15.

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!

SAA MY WAY

What is SAA MY WAY?

SAA My Way is our virtual offering where you decide your activity and timeline. Register with a $50 self-donation and we’ll send you an SAA Swag Bag to show off your spirit. All donations raised for your My Way will support our SAA-Fairfield County event. If you meet the fundraising minimum and later choose to join us at the swim, we can change your registration status. Click here to learn about all the ways you can have fun your way!

To sign up as an SAA My Way participant for our event, click the register button above and select 'SAA My Way' as your participation type.

VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers are the backbone of the Swim Across America Family ensuring our event run smoothly from beginning to end. Even if you aren’t a swimmer, you can still help us in the fight against cancer. Don’t forget, volunteers can fundraise too if they want! Ready to volunteer with us? Click on the Register button and select the Volunteer participation type.

Land Volunteers

Land Volunteers staff all aspects of our event on land. You can anticipate helping with set up, swimmer check-in, finish line support, hospitality and post-swim events/clean up.

Water Volunteers

Water volunteers consist of kayakers, stand-up paddleboarders and power boaters that provide crucial logistical and safety support to our event officials and for our swimmers. They will monitor the swim lane, keep an active eye on all our swimmers and communicate any swimmer issues to our event officials.

Questions about volunteering? Check out our SAA Volunteer Page or contact our Volunteer Coordinator.

FUNDRAISING RESOURCES

2021 Fundraising Incentives - every individual who raises:

$750 or more will receive a Swim Across America baseball cap.
$1,000 or more will receive a WaveMaker SAA-branded Yeti Tumbler.
$1,500 or more will receive a Swim Across America hoodie.
$2,500 or more will receive 15th Anniversary Swim Across America Fairfield County cooler backpack.

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 can find more helpful resources on our fundraising resources page.

Be a WaveMaker by taking your fundraising to the next level and raising $1000! Anyone can achieve WaveMaker status - swimmers, volunteers or SAA My Way participants. WaveMakers get special recognition and an exclusive WM gift on event day. You can learn more about WaveMaker Status here.

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)

SAFETY

2021 Return to Events Updates:

For three decades, Swim Across America has been committed to providing a safe environment for our charity activities. COVID-19 brings a new dimension as we create our safety protocols. Each of our charity swims will abide by local, state and national guidelines. COVID-19 will likely have some impact on our ability to offer the day of experience you’ve come to expect.

All participants and volunteers will be asked to follow safety procedures and policies. Participants are responsible for adequately preparing for their registered charity event. We ask that all participants review the information packet provided in advance and attend the day-of safety briefing if you are participating in our live experience.

We appreciate your understanding as we commit to creating the best possible environment for our participants, volunteers and community. Our Return to Events Updates can be found here. Please check this page for any changes.

SAA Safety & Policies:

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.

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

Waivers:

All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.

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

7:30 am: Group Photograph at the Patio

7:35 am: 3-Milers to the Beach

7:45 am: Welcome & National Anthem

7:55 am: Honored Speaker

8:20 am: 1.5 Milers Begin

8:45 am: 1/2 Milers Begin

9:45 am: Awards Ceremony

10:00 am: Open Water Swim Ends for 2021!

WETSUITS

Wetsuit Policy:

Below 67° F ------ Required*
67.1° F - 79.9° F ------ Permitted
80° F and above ------ By approval only*

Swim skins are permitted.

*Exceptions may be reviewed and approved by the National Director of Events, Event Director, and Swim Course or Safety Coordinator. Local safety teams must be advised of the special exceptions.

Wetsuit Tips

SAA strongly encourages swimmers to choose an open water swimming / triathlon specific wetsuit over a general water sports wetsuit.

Wetsuit Rentals and Purchases:

Local Rental: Cycleology in Westport, CT is offering 50% off a weekend or weekly rental of adult wetsuits.

Online Purchase: Orca is offering a 15% discount on all Orca wetsuits with code SAAPARTICIPANT15.

VENUE & GETTING THERE

Course Map

2016 Atlanta Map

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

Rocky Point Club Inner Tube Water Polo

Rocky Point Club Pool
Date: July 11, 2021

Stamford Yacht Club Pool Swim

Stamford Yacht Club Pool
Date: July 14, 2021

Fairfield County Swimming League (FCSL) Pool Swims

Summer 2021

Sportsplex Pool Swim

Sportsplex Stamford Pool
Date: June 22 & 24, 2021

Interested in starting a pool swim to raise funds for SAA-Fairfield County? Check out our "Start A Pool Swim" page or email us to learn more!

METERS FOR A CURE ERG CHALLENGE

Meters for a Cure ERG Challenge (Rowing Event)

Greenwich Water Club
Date: TBA 2021

BRUNSWICK KILOMETERS FOR A CURE

Brunswick Kilometers for a Cure

Anywhere - this is a virtual event.
Date: June 4-6, 2021

TO BECOME A SPONSOR

The 2021 Sponsorship Guide is now available. Thank you to all our generous sponsors that share our mission of fighting cancer.

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CONTACT US

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

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