24th Annual SWIM Across the Sound Marathon
Saturday, August 6, 2011                                                                                  Return to Marathon 2012 Main Page

LETTER FROM MARATHON DIRECTOR

Dear Swimmer:

Thank you for your interest in the St. Vincent's SWIM Across the Sound Marathon.  The SWIM started in 1987 as an amateur event to swim across Long Island Sound as a fundraiser for cancer prevention, support and education programs.  While the SWIM has become one of the largest open water events in the United States, its purpose and benefit to those dealing with cancer is what truly defines it. 

The 2011 SWIM Across the Sound Marathon is being dedicated in honor of Maura Marden.  Maura was a truly inspirational woman athlete who succumbed to cancer this past September.  A friend of mine, as well as the SWIM organization, Maura embodied the grit and stamina of Marathon swimmers.  She participated in the 2010 SWIM Marathon, swimming three fifteen minute legs despite being in the midst of a losing battle with cancer.  Maura's resilience and determination pulled her through the SWIM that day.  We are proud to honor her at this year's Marathon.

The Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care which opened in January, 2010 is a result of the SWIM's efforts.  It relates to and includes all of the SWIM programs and realizes a unique standard of care for all of those at risk or in need.

The 2010 SWIM was an outstanding event.  More importantly, swimmers raised more than $480,000 for the cancer prevention, education and support programs sponsored by St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound. This allowed the Foundation to reach its 2010 goal of $2.6 million for the year-long series of events falling under the SWIM umbrella.

 
We look forward to seeing you in Connecticut this August!

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Fry

Race Director
marathondirector@swimacrossthesound.org