St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound is now registering swimmers for its 26th annual marathon.

On August 3 approximately 250 swimmers will start the 25 kilometer SWIM at West Beach in Port Jefferson, NY and make their way across Long Island Sound to Captain’s Cove Seaport in Bridgeport.

The St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound Marathon is a unique opportunity for swimmers to challenge their own stamina and achieve new goals, all while helping someone with cancer and nowhere else to turn. St. Vincent Marathon swimmers often swim in support or memory of a friend or loved one, or choose to take on the challenge to help alleviate the suffering of someone they’ve never even met.

Swimmers are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible for this year’s marathon and compete with swimmers from around the world and of all abilities. As a swimmer, pledges obtained will raise money to help provide cancer patients and their families with financial support and care for the needs that health insurance does not cover.

St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound is a statewide, non-profit organization affiliated with St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. Over the past 26 years, the SWIM has grown to provide 50 different cancer education, screening and support services to our community, ranging from prevention to survivorship programs, which touch the lives of over 20,000 people each year. While the St. Vincent’s SWIM Foundation raises money year-round through dozens of events – the SWIM Across the Sound Marathon is the flagship fundraiser and a huge undertaking, requiring lots of volunteers, and of course, swimmers!

This year’s participants will include solo swimmers, two-person relays, team relays, University Challenge  and Corporate Challenge teams. Entry fees vary by category and become part of the swimmers’ fundraising goals.

All swimmers will be recognized for their participation and awards will be given to the top male and female solo swimmers and top relay teams.

Enrollments for the SWIM Marathon are considered on a first-come, first-serve, first-completed basis.  To apply, or for more information on the SWIM, go to www.swimacrossthesound.org.