25th Annual SWIM Across the Sound Marathon
Saturday, July 28, 2012                                  Return to Marathon 2012 Main Page



Dear Swimmer:

2012 is a very exciting year for SWIM Across the Sound, as we are celebrating our 25th Anniversary.  The SWIM Marathon began in 1987 with six swimmers and has grown to more than 250 swimmers along with 120 boats, making it one of the largest open water events in the United States. For 25 years the SWIM has been there to help cancer patients and their families face the challenges that a cancer diagnosis brings.

The SWIM might have changed over the years, but our vision to help the uninsured and underinsured, along with our neighbors facing unexpected challenging times has remained constant. Our first community initiative was a mammography screening program for women with no insurance. We continue to expand our services through our state-of-the-art Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care. In 2010 we opened the Lebo-DeSantie Center for Liver and Pancreatic Disease and offered new programs through our Integrative Survivorship Center, including a Caregiver Support Program and aquatics class. Today, the SWIM offers 50 subsidized programs that touch the lives of 20,000 individuals annually throughout the state of Connecticut.

The 2012 SWIM Marathon will be held on Saturday, July 28th due to a very unfavorable tide on the first week of August.  We apologize for any conflicts this may cause but safety is our highest priority.  We are pleased to announce that, in addition to the “Traditional” and “University Challenge” team relays, we are introducing a new “non-wetsuit” category (“Classic”) for the team relays.  All team members must wear lycra-type suits only.

We look forward to seeing you at the Marathon July 28th. It will truly be a wonderful celebration!


Elizabeth Fry

SWIM Marathon Director