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Swimmers Take Your Marks!

Sound to the Cove Swim August 14

Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi and Parks and Recreation Director Darcy Belyea encourage swimmers of all ages and levels of expertise to participate in Swim across America’s “Sound to the Cove Swim” on Saturday, August 14, 2010 (rain date Sunday, Aug. 15). Join hundreds of motivated Long Islanders in your choice of a 1-mile, 5K, or extreme 10K swim across the Long Island Sound.  Whether you are a recreational, competitive or master swimmer, you can help raise awareness in the battle against cancer.

Volunteers are also needed to man kayaks (experienced kayakers only) and to help staff this event, which has grown tremendously over the last seven years.

Registration begins at 6 a.m. (5 a.m. for 10K swimmers). The City of Glen Cove is proud to once again host this annual event as swimmers return to the waters along the shoreline of one of our community’s most picturesque natural treasures, Morgan Memorial Park. Following the main event, swimmers will celebrate their accomplishments with a brunch, an awards ceremony and check presentations to beneficiaries.

Swim Across America is dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming related events.  The organization is celebrating its 24th season of hosting open water and pool swims to fight cancer. With the help of hundreds of volunteers nationwide, SAA is helping find a cure for cancer through athleticism, community outreach and direct service.  To date, it has raised over $25 million towards cancer research and prevention. Major research beneficiaries include “Miracle Pavilion” at Mercy Medical Center; SAA Lab at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; The Children’s’ Hospital at Montefiore, Bronx NY; Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; and Fighting Chance.

The City of Glen Cove invites volunteers to assist in registration, brunch, and logistical support on boats, kayaks or at the finish line.  Your generous contribution is deeply appreciated. Working together, as a community, we can make great strides in the fight against cancer.

For more information on how you can participate, visit the website at www.swimacrossamerica.org and follow the links for “Sound to the Cove” event.