Early bird registration open for SWIM Across the Sound Marathon swimmers

St. Vincent's SWIM Across the Sound is now accepting early bird applications for solo and relay teams for the 2016 Marathon. Celebrating its 29th year, the SWIM Across the Sound Marathon will be held on Saturday, July 30, at Captain's Cove in Bridgeport. Early bird registrations received by March 15 will receive a $100 discount. Net proceeds raised by the swimmers are used to help individuals and families who are battling the multi-faceted challenges of cancer. To register, visit SwimAcrossTheSound.org/marathon2016.

"The solo and two-person relay team categories are expected to fill quickly, so don't delay!" urges Elizabeth Fry, SWIM Marathon Director. "The amazing enthusiasm our swimmers, boaters, volunteers, and the cheering crowds bring is truly contagious and the funds that our swimmers raise make a huge difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families."

Recognized as one of America's Top 100 Open Water Swims by the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA), the SWIM brings together swimmers, boat captains, volunteers, families, and friends to support cancer patients, honor survivors, and remember loved ones. Many swimmers and boaters choose to participate because cancer has affected their lives, or their family and friends in some way, and they want to help others through their struggle with cancer.

The SWIM covers the 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) distance across Long Island Sound and attracts new and experienced marathon swimmers from around the world to test their skill and preparation as Solo swimmers. Many swimmers participate as a relay team member, enjoying the camaraderie and views while swimming with their friends, family, co-workers, and classmates in one of the SWIM's six relay categories.

In addition to the Solo Swimmer category, the SWIM's relay categories include:

  • Two-person relay team — combines speed and endurance, making it likely the most difficult of all categories.

  • "Never Alone" — three pairs of swimmers (1/2 hour legs) representing that you are never alone when you are battling cancer.

  • "Classic" — Non-wetsuit team of 4-6 swimmers.

  • "Traditional" — Wetsuit allowed team of 4-6 swimmers.

  • "University Challenge" — Comprised of students and alumni from the same college/university.

  • "Corporate Challenge" — Comprised of co-workers and retirees from the same company.

The St. Vincent's SWIM Across the Sound Marathon is more than just an exciting open-water sporting event. Individual swimmers and relay teams raise a specified minimum amount of money in order to participate. Funds raised provide cancer patients and their families with financial support and care for the needs that health insurance does not cover.