|ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN UNTIL 4PM FRIDAY, MAY 29th - BUT WALK-UPS ARE WELCOME THE DAY OF THE EVENT. PLEASE ARRIVE 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO YOUR DESIGNATED / DESIRED SWIM TIME AND BE SURE TO PARK IN THE CULVER PLUNGE PARKING LOT!
CULVER CITY, California -- Now in its fourth year, the Coast 2 Coast Swim Challenge is a one-of-a-kind aquatic fundraiser where every lap swam helps fund free water safety and swim lessons for under-served LA kids. We have launched a virtual event so you can still contribute without attending.
The Coast 2 Coast Swim Challenge aims to reverse local child drowning statistics: drowning surpasses all other causes of death among children age 14 and under in California, while Los Angeles County has by far the highest rate of near-drowning of any county in the state.
Since its inception, this great event has touched the lives of over 2,500 children between the ages of 3 and 14 in underserved neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles county, with 100% of the funds raised by swimmers going towards providing FREE swim lessons to those who apply and meet the criteria. This past year C2C also began a relationship with 'One with the Water,' an organization that teaches children and adults with disabilities and terminal illnesses, how to swim.
The Coast 2 Coast Swim Challenge will take place on Sunday, May 31, 2015 from 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Culver City Plunge aquatic center located at 4175 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Swimmers of all levels including recreational swimmers; people from local masters programs at UCLA, SCAQ, Tower 26 and Equinox Fitness; high school and college swim teams and triathlon clubs will join with LA Tri Club members in this non-stop marathon of lap swimming. It's not about distance or speed; every lap helps provide swim lessons for those in need. LA Tri Club encourages people who may want to only swim a few laps to participate as well as those who can swim multiple miles.
"The Coast 2 Coast Swim Challenge gives people a chance to get a great workout at one of the Southland’s top aquatic centers while raising funds to provide free swim instruction for kids who otherwise could not afford lessons,” said Larry Turkheimer LA Tri Club co-founder. “Continuing to build on the success of this event, our goal is to double the amount raised in 2012 so that we can help even more kids learn how to become safe in the water and experience the fun of swimming.”
Swimmers participating in the Coast 2 Coast Swim Challenge will sign up for one or more 30-minute stages and will receive lane assignments with swimmers of similar speed. Swimmers are encouraged to register in advance and may request specific swim times.
Long-distance swimmers who want to rack up extra miles for the cause can register for the 75 spots exclusively reserved for "Launchers" at the beginning of the Coast 2 Coast Swim Challenge.
Entry prices are as follows:
30-minute swim ONE STAGE $25
60-minute swim TWO STAGES $35
90-minute swim THREE STAGES $45
Launchers (5:30 - 8:30am) $65
Anyone choosing to swim in the final 4pm stage must exit the water by 5pm.
The Coast 2 Coast Swim Challenge also offers participants a chance to workout with elite coaches who will be on deck throughout the day. The day’s festivities will include prize drawings, sponsor booths and a fitness expo. For information or to register, visit http://www.coast2coastswim.com.
Coast 2 Coast to host a special program lead by Michellie Jones, Ironman World champion, 2x ITU World Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist – her training session will consist of a speed workout -Participants will swim 200 meters, bike 10k (on your own trainer) and then transition to a 1km run and do this three times through (if you can) all on the Pool deck at the Culver City Plunge from 8-10 am at the Coast 2 Coast event. Limited to 50 people.