Last Saturday, June 24, 2023, residents of Fairfield County came together for a remarkable event, the Swim Across America – Fairfield County Open Water Swim. Swimmers of all ages and skill levels, alongside dedicated volunteers and enthusiastic spectators, gathered at the picturesque 96 Cummings Point Road in Stamford, CT for the 17th annual swim.
The day kicked off bright and early, with registration opening at 6:30 am. Participants eagerly prepared themselves for the challenges ahead. The rolling swim start began at 8:05 am, with waves of swimmers diving into the beautiful waters of Long Island Sound. Cheers and applause filled the air as each swimmer made their way through the open water, pushing their limits for a worthy cause.
The Swim Across America – Fairfield County Open Water Swim offered various swim options to cater to every participant’s preference. From a leisurely half-mile swim to a challenging 1.5-mile distance, and even an ambitious 3-mile journey, there was a swim for everyone. Those unable to attend the physical event still had the opportunity to contribute through the SAA My Way virtual swim option, ensuring inclusivity and community participation in the fight against cancer.
“What an incredible 17th annual SWIM ACROSS AMERICA FAIRFIELD COUNTY open water swim,” states Swim Across America Fairfield County on their Facebook account. “We didn’t let a few rain sprinkles get in the way of making waves to fight cancer – and we made those waves in the amount of $329,588 and still growing for our wonderful beneficiary Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy!!”
The event’s primary beneficiary, the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT), has been making significant strides in cancer research in Fairfield County since Swim Across America – Greenwich-Stamford’s establishment in 2007. Over the years, this event has raised over $5 million, directly supporting groundbreaking advancements in the field. Together, the community aims to create a wave of positive change, bringing us closer to a world without cancer.
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The Swim Across America – Fairfield County Open Water Swim has become a testament to the power of unity and compassion. With over 375 swimmers and volunteers, including local heroes and Olympians, the event showcased the unwavering spirit and dedication of the Fairfield County community. Families and friends gathered to cheer on the swimmers, adding to the electrifying atmosphere of the day.
This extraordinary event would not have been possible without the support of generous sponsors and supporters. Join us in extending our deepest gratitude to Geneve Corporation, Zide Family Foundation, Barbara Netter, The Lapin Foundation, Cindy and John Sites, Petretti & Associates, COBS Bread, Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists (ONS), Coldwell Banker Realty, Fusion Academy, Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy, Serendipity, Better Events, Coffee for Good, The Dermatology Center of Stamford, Kings Food Market, Sweet Blue Swim Academy, Upper Crust Bagel Company, and Westy Self Storage for making the day extra special.
The Swim Across America – Fairfield County Open Water Swim was a resounding success, thanks to the hundreds who swam, volunteered, donated, and cheered on the participants. Together, this community has made a significant impact in the fight against cancer. Donations are still being accepted at swimacrossamerica.org/fc, ensuring ongoing support for vital cancer research in Fairfield County.
As the event came to a close, participants and supporters left with a sense of accomplishment and pride. The Swim Across America – Fairfield County Open Water Swim has once again inspired hope for a brighter future and strengthened the resolve to continue fighting cancer.
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Photos by Kylie Finkelstein.