As home to the world’s greatest swimmer and the world’s greatest hospital, it’s no wonder that in its first year, Baltimore’s Swim Across America, a fundraiser for cancer research through swimming- related events, set the record for the largest inaugural event in SAA history. Raising over $400,000 and enlisting over 400 participants, the open water and pool swims were a huge success. In year two, the swims grew, raising over $500,000 for the Swim Across America Lab at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. The organizers hope to make the 2012 event, held this coming Sunday, Sept. 23, even bigger, and it’s not too late to sign-up or support a team.
The swim takes place at the Waltjen Shedlick Farm at 5101 Mountain Road on the Magothy River in Pasadena. (The body of water for the swim is in a cove with flat water making it very swimmer friendly!) Swimmers have the option of a one or three mile swim, followed by a post event party and light breakfast. For those who don’t like swimming in open water, there is also a swim at Meadowbrook Aquatic and Fitness Club in Mt. Washington.
Even if you’re not a swimmer, you can support a team (Friends School, Johns Hopkins and the Kimmel Cancer Center are just some) and do your part to fight cancer. Check out the Baltimore Swim Across America website to learn more about how you can participate.