Swim for a cause in the St. Vincent's marathon

St. Vincent’s Swim Across the Sound is now registering swimmers for its 26th annual marathon on Saturday, Aug. 3.

About 250 people are expected to participate in the 25-kilometer swim across Long Island Sound, from Port Jefferson, N.Y. to Captain’s Cove Seaport in Bridgeport.

The 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.

For a friend or loved one

Participants 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 have never met.

Swimmers are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible for this year’s marathon. 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.

Many ways to be a participant

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’ fund-raising 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.

To apply to be a marathon swimmer or for information, go to www.swimacrossthesound.org.

Assists 20,000 people a year

The nonprofit Swim Across the Sound, affiliated with St. Vincent’s Medical Center, touches the lives of more than 20,000 people each year. It offers 50 different cancer education, screening and support services to the community, ranging from prevention to survivorship programs.

While the St. Vincent’s Swim Foundation raises money year-round through dozens of events, the marathon is the flagship fund-raiser.