Welcome to the 6th Annual Swim Across America St. Louis Open Water Swim!
Swimmers of all ages and skill levels are invited to take part in our 6th annual event,
held on beautiful Alpine Lake at Innsbrook Resort.
NEW: Not a swimmer? You can participate virtually this year with an activity of your choice!
Learn about SAA My Way
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.
Registrations: 587 Goal: 225000
Welcome to the Swim Across America - St. Louis Open Water Swim! Established in 2016, SAA - St. Louis has raised nearly $700,000 for our beneficiary: Siteman Cancer Center. Thank you for your support of cancer care in St. Louis.
Each year we are proud to host over 500 swimmers and volunteers, spectators and supporters, as well as Gold Medal Olympians and special guests at our charity event. We are so excited to have you join us for our 6th annual swim on August 28th at our spectacular setting on Alpine Lake!
Whether you are a veteran swimmer, you're looking to do your first open water swim, or if you want to participate virtually to help the cause, 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.
Proceeds from the swim will support immunotherapy clinical trials and research at Siteman Cancer Center.
Hear directly from the incredible doctors your funds are supporting below.
All swimmers are required to raise at least $300 by event day. Swimmers under 18 are required to raise $100 by event day.
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.
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).
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:
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.
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!
Water temperature can vary. Please read our full wetsuit policy on our Policies Page.
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-St. Louis 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 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.
Set up - This position is for Friday afternoon and entails setting up tables, chairs and tents for the Swim Across America Village. Total shift time 2 hours
Greeter - Welcomes all visitors to the Swim Across America Village. You will also be handing out cards which have all Event Day Information (maps, schedule of events). Early morning position, total shift time 2 hours
Shuttle Driver (Limited to Innsbrook Residents) - Shuttling all visitors to/from the Swim Across America Village. Early morning position, total shift time 4 hours, including 1.5 hour break in middle while Swim is taking place
Registration - Checking in Participants for the event. This is an early and fast paced position but so vital to the success of the Event! Total shift time 3 hours, sitting
Greeter/Parking - Welcomes all visitors to the Swim Across America Village and directing and helping them to park. Early morning position, total shift time 2 hours
Food Table - Feeding our hungry masses of participants breakfast snacks. Total shift time 4 hours
Swimmer Checkout - Handing out bottled water and towels to Participants as they exit the water. This is will be at the Swim finish line so you will get to see the event up close! Shift time 2 hours
Wavemaker Tent - Greeting all our special participants who raised over $1,000 and handing out their special ’thank you’ gifts. Early morning position, total shift time 2 hours
Tattoo Tent - Applying temporary tattoos on any participants who want them (Swimmers LOVED to be tattooed!). This is a very fast paced but fun and popular tent. Early morning position, total shift time 3 hours
Security/Lost and Found Tent - Assist participants with checking in any items that they wish to be held for them while they swim. Total shift time 4 hours, sitting
Why I Swim Table - Assist participants in signing a lab coat that will be given to a Siteman doctor or helping participants sign a memory stone to honor someone that they are swimming for. Total shift time 4 hours
Take Down - Helping disassemble the tents, tables, and chairs and to clear area. Total shift time 1.5 hours
Water Volunteer (Limited to Innsbrook Residents) - Positions for Kayakers, Pontoon Boat Captains, and Master Diver to provide crucial logistical and safety support throughout the event. Total shift time 2-3 hours
Questions about volunteering? Check out our SAA Volunteer Page or contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Marc Lindauer.
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.
2021 Flyer Coming Soon! You can also click here for a pdf about the Swim Across America event that you can pass along to others.
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 - 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.
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.
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.
If you have questions about our policies regarding inclement weather, swim equipment or wetsuits, please consult our Policies page.
All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.
Schedule is tentative and subject to change.
7:00-8:00 am: Swimmer Registration & Check-in
7:30-8:15 am: Team photos at arch (first come, first served)
8:00 am: Angel Swimmer orientation & pairing up with swimmers (at Wavemaker tent)
8:15 am: Group Photo (everybody!) in front of stage
8:20 am: Swimmer Safety Talk & Welcome. Please be prompt!
8:30 am: Greetings / Olympian introductions
8:40 am: Check presentation to Siteman Cancer Center
8:45 am: Award presentations
8:50 am: “Why I Swim” testimonials / River Rock ceremony
9:00 am: National Anthem/2 Mile Swim Starts
9:10 am: 1 Mile Swim Starts
9:20 am: 0.5 Mile Swim Starts
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.
There will be 0.5 mile, 1 mile, and 2 mile distance options for the swim in 2021.
2021 Course Map
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).
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.
The following hotels are centrally-located for swimmers attending this event:
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
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.
Experience what our Swim Across America St. Louis event is all about:
Please watch our '2020 SAA-St. Louis Celebration Video' here!
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