Help Team Rhode Island raise money for cancer research at Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island - choose your own activity and goal to virtually travel through every SAA city and go "coast to coast" this summer. Get Registered Today!
Proceeds from the event will support gynecological and breast cancer research at Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.
Registrations: 302 Goal: 230000
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.
Swim Across America's Annual Rhode Island Open Water Swim directly benefits cancer research, prevention and treatment at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. In 2019 we raised over $230,000.
In a normal year over 600 swimmers of all ages and skill levels would convene in September for a 0.5 mile or 1.0 mile ocean swim at scenic Roger Wheeler State Beach in the Town of Narragansett. Located between Point Judith and the Block Island Ferry, this popular venue is protected from Block Island Sound by an extensive breakwater barrier.
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are unable to hold a live in-person event this September. However, we are offering a summerlong “Coast to Coast” Virtual Challenge as a way for swimmers, volunteers, family and friends to continue to support our beneficiaries’ important cancer research.
If you have any questions about SAA - Rhode Island, please contact Doug Sayles.
Swim Across America-Rhode Island 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-Rhode Island 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 22nd.
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 - Rhode Island 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 - Rhode Island? 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 Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.
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
c/o Douglas Sayles
5 Rowland Rd
Newport RI 02840
Make sure to include a note with the name of the swimmer you are donating to.
SAA-Rhode Island is fortunate to have a wonderful team of Olympians who attend and have been a part of our events year after year.
Craig Beardsley (1980) - Represented Team USA at the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in the 200M butterfly and held the world record for three years. Beardsley was a two-time NCAA champion in the 200M butterfly and received eight All-American honors while swimming for the Florida Gators.
Elizabeth Beisel (2008, 2012, 2016) - Beisel has won a total of nine medals in major international competition for Team USA including a silver and a bronze in the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Beisel won the NCAA individual championships in the 200-yard backstroke (2012) and the 400 IM (2013) and received eighteen All-American honors for the Florida Gators.
Alex Meyer (2012) - Represented Team USA in the 10-kilometer open water swimming event at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Meyer was a two-time All-Ivy League swimmer at Harvard University.
Clara Walker LaMore (1948) - Represented the United States at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. Walker was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1995.