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Thank you for 'Making Waves' at SAA-Richmond this year! You can still register as an SAA My Way virtual participant and fundraise all year.

Welcome to Swim Across America - Richmond. Swimmers of all ages and levels are invited to take part in our 5th annual Richmond benefit swim at Quest Swimming. Your participation will help us "Make Waves to Fight Cancer" and raise money for cancer research, prevention and treatment.

NEW FOR 2023: SAA-Richmond will be a POOL swim at Quest Swimming (6800 Deer Run Dr, Midlothian, VA 23112).

7:30am: Venues open
8:30am: Registration Closes
9:00am: Swimmers start
Quest Swimming
6800 Deer Run Dr
Midlothian, VA 23112
Swim Options
.5 Mile, 1-Mile,
As Many Laps as Possible
SAA My Way (Virtual)

Welcome to Swim Across America - Richmond! Established in 2019, SAA - Richmond has raised over $250,000 for our beneficiary: VCU Massey Cancer Center. Thank you for your support of cancer care in Richmond.

NEW FOR 2023: SAA-Richmond will be a POOL swim at Quest Swimming. Thank you to Quest for hosting. All ages and skill levels are invited to participate in this fun and impactful charity pool swim.

If you are interested in helping with the planning for the 2023 swim, please contact Allie


Participation Options:

  • .5-Mile Swim
  • 1.0-Mile Swim
  • As Many Laps as Possible (in 1 hour)
  • SAA My Way - Virtual

General Fundraising Requirements:

All swimmers are required to raise at least $200 by event day. All swimmers will receive a cap, towel and t-shirt.

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.

Participate as an Individual or on a Team

A person may elect to participate 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 their individual fundraising minimums based on their age, distance or WaveMaker status as noted in the prior sections.

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 June 26 with a registration fee of $50
  • Register between June 26 and July 23 with a registration fee of $75
  • Register between July 24 and event day with a registration fee of $100

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


All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.


Proceeds from the swim will support clinical trials and cancer research at VCU Massey Cancer Center.

Read about the specific cancer research projects your funds are supporting with the 2023 SAA-Richmond Impact Report and the latest impact report from VCU Massey Cancer Center.


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-Richmond event. 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 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, tattoos, towel hand out, hospitality and post-swim events/clean up.

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


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.

NEW! Watch these instructional videos to learn how to register, update your participant center, connect to Facebook and more!

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
8508 Park Road, #389
Charlotte, NC 28210

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



If you'd like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, email us.


Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

7:30-8:30am: Registration Check In

8:30am: Welcome Program

9:00-10:00am: Music, Fun & Swim

10:30am: Event Clean Up & Post Swim Food Provided


Swim Location:

Quest Swimming
6800 Deer Run Dr, Midlothian, VA 23112


Start A Pool Swim

Interested in starting your own pool swim to raise money for SAA - Richmond? Email us to learn more!



Here are some recent stories that display the impact members of the Swim Across America family have had in the Richmond community.


If you have any questions about SAA - Richmond, please contact Allie.


In-Kind Sponsors


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