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Welcome to the Swim Across America St. Louis Open Water Swim. Swimmers of all ages and skill levels are invited to take part in our 5th annual event, held on beautiful Alpine Lake at Innsbrook Resort.

  • Proceeds from the swim will support immunotherapy clinical trials and research at Siteman Cancer Center.


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.

The 2020 SAA - St. Louis benefit swim is hosted by Innsbrook Resort and the swim will take place in Alpine Lake, the largest of Innsbrook’s 100-plus lakes. Participants of all ages and skill levels are invited to choose their open-water distance: 1/2 mile, 1.2 mile, or a 2.4 mile. We also offer opportunities to volunteer as a boater, kayaker or land volunteer. This event is not a competition, but a fun and inspiring fundraising event for everyone. Proceeds from the swim will stay local and support Siteman Cancer Center. 2019’s event attracted almost 500 swimmers and hundreds of spectators and volunteers, and raised almost $200,000. To learn more about the mission of Swim Across America, as well as sponsorship opportunities that are available, click here.

If you have any event questions or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kathy. All requests about marketing or social media can be sent to Bill. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Denise, for more information on available volunteer positions.


General Fundraising Requirement:

All swimmers are required to raise at least $300 by event day. Swimmers under 18 are required to raise $100 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. Last year we had over 50 Wavemakers, from the ages of 9 to 75. You can sign up for any of the 3 distances. WaveMakers get an exclusive WaveMaker gift and access to the WaveMaker tent on event day and will have access to other perks and swag.

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 everyone involved with Swim Across America. Teams must have a minimum of 3 swimmers and each swimmer is still required to meet the individual fundraising minimum of $300 ($100 if under 18).

Distance Options:

  • 0.5 Mile
  • 1.2 Mile
  • 2.4 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 29th with a registration fee of $50
  • Register between May 30th and July 24th with a registration fee of $75
  • Register between July 25th and event day with a registration fee of $100

**For the remainder of the 2020 event season minimum self-donations will remain at $50 until event day.

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.

What to Bring

In addition to bringing any donations you have collected, please remember to bring the following items: directions to Innsbrook Resort, a towel, sunscreen, a baseball hat or equivalent to shade your face, sweatshirt, sweatpants, 2 pairs of goggles, disposable camera (optional). Don’t forget a labeled bag that zips to put everything in!

Wetsuit Policy, Rentals and Purchases:

Water temperature can vary. Please read our full wetsuit policy and tips on our Policies Page.

Online Rental: 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 15% discount on all Orca wetsuits with code SAAPARTICIPANT15.


Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

6:30-7:30 am: Swimmer Registration Opens

7:00-7:45 am: Team photos at arch (first come, first served)

7:35 am: Angel Swimmer orientation & pairing up with swimmers (at Wavemaker tent)

7:45 am: Group Photo (everybody!) in front of stage

7:50 am: Swimmer Safety Talk & Welcome. Please be prompt!

8:00 am: Greetings / Olympian introductions

8:10 am: Check presentation to Siteman Cancer Center

8:15 am: Award presentations

8:20 am: “Why I Swim” testimonials / River Rock ceremony

8:30 am: National Anthem

8:35 am: 2.4 Mile Swim Starts

8:45 am: 1.2 Mile Swim Starts

9:00 am: 0.5 Mile Swim Starts


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 also click here for a pdf about the Swim Across America event that you can pass along to others.

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 - St. Louis
PO Box 490
O'Fallon, IL 62269

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


Swim Across America - St. Louis is held at Innsbrook Resort, which includes 7,500 acres of recreational and residential properties, an event center, a restaurant, a recreational commons, two restaurants and an 18-hole public golf course. The site of the SAA event will be on Alpine Lake, the largest of Innsbrook’s 100 lakes.

Course Maps

There will be 1/2 mile, 1.2 mile, and 2.4 mile distance options for the swim in 2018.



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.

As we had last year, there will be a number of “Angel Swimmers” available at the event to accompany less experienced swimmers on their swim.


All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.


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


Transportation and Parking:

Parking will be available at the venue. Enter the main entrance at Innsbrook (see directions below) and follow the signs to Alpine Lake or this resort direction map.


From St. Louis
Take Interstate 70 west to the Innsbrook/Wright City exit (Exit 200). Go left over I-70 and across the railroad tracks. Turn right onto Highway F and follow it for five miles to the main Innsbrook entrance (on your left).

From Chesterfield
Take Highway 40 west to Interstate 70 west; take the Innsbrook/Wright City exit (Exit 200). Go left over I-70 and across the railroad tracks. Turn right onto Highway F and follow it for five miles to the main Innsbrook entrance (on your left).

From Kansas City
Take Interstate 70 east to the first Wright City exit (Exit 199); turn right at the top of the exit; then left on the South Outer Road. Make a right at the stop sign. Turn right onto Highway F. Follow Highway F for five miles to the main Innsbrook entrance (on your left).

PLEASE NOTE: Innsbrook Resort has several different entrances, and mobile mapping apps may send you to one of the gates that is unattended. Please make sure you are being directed to the main entrance on Highway F, as described above.

Places to Stay:

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

Innsbrook Resort
Condos are also available for rental at Innsbrook Resort. If you are interested in one of these accommodations, please contact Sally Drake at (314) 477-6906.

We will post any additional lodging suggestions or SAA special discounts here as they become available


Interested in Sponsoring SAA - St. Louis?

Swim Across America - St. Louis welcomes individual and corporate sponsors to join with us in creating a memorable event for an important cause — benefiting the Siteman Cancer Center. If you have an interest in being a sponsor for this event, please review this guide or contact Kathy Denton if you have more questions or inquiries.





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