The Mission Doesn't Stop! Anyone that is passionate about cancer research and wants to continue to support SAA - Richmond and VCU Massey Cancer Center can participate in their own personal challenge all year. Stay tuned for the best yet to come for SAA-Richmond in 2021!
Proceeds from the event will support clinical trials and cancer research at VCU Massey Cancer Center.
Registrations: 64 Goal: 50000
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 - Richmond and VCU Massey Cancer Center can participate in their own personal challenge all year.
How can I still support SAA-Richmond?
Welcome to the Swim Across America - Richmond. This annual charity swim supports cancer research at VCU Massey Cancer Center. Participants can choose from a 1/4 mile, 1/2 mile, and 1 mile open water swim. Not a competitive swimmer? Join us for the 'Float 500'!! Everyone can come join the fun and help raise funds to support VCU Massey Cancer Center!
In 2019, the event granted $20,000 to support colorectal cancer research and clinical trials at VCU Massey Cancer Center. You can read about the funded project here.
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 VCU Massey Cancer Center.
Swim Across America-Richmond 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-Richmond 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 - Richmond 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 - Richmond? 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 VCU Massey Cancer Center.
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 - Richmond
4161 Traylor Drive
Richmond, VA 23235
Make sure to include a note with the name of the swimmer you are donating to.