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 6th 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.
Welcome to the Swim Across America - St. Louis Open Water Swim! Established in 2016, SAA - St. Louis has raised over $697,000 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 Olympians near and far at our charity swim. We are so excited to have you join us for our 6th annual swim on August 28th at Alpine Lake!
Whether you are a veteran swimmer or you're looking to do your first open water swim, 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.
SAA - St. Louis funds benefit 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 $150 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 and tips on our Policies Page.
Online Purchase: Orca is offering a 15% discount on all Orca wetsuits with code SAAPARTICIPANT15.
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.
Land Volunteers staff all aspects of our event on land. You can anticipate helping with set up, swimmer check-in, finish line support, hospitality and post-swim events/clean up.
Water volunteers consist of kayakers, stand-up paddleboarders and boaters that provide crucial logistical and safety support to our event officials and for our swimmers. They will monitor the swim lane, keep an active eye on all our swimmers and communicate any swimmer issues to our event officials.
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.
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
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 1/2 mile, 1.2 mile, and 2.4 mile distance options for the swim in 2021.
2021 Course Map Coming Soon!
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.
Please watch our '2020 SAA-St. Louis Celebration Video' here!
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