HANNAWA FALLS - Dozens of swimmers will take to the water on Aug. 2nd to Swim a Mile for Hospice. The fif5th anniversary of this event will begin at 8 a.m. Swimmers will depart from Postwood Park beach, navigating the mile long course around Hannawa Pond and returning back to the beach. Last year, this non-competitive event brought together 78 recreational swimmers from their teens through their eighties.
Participants will be grouped by ability and will complete the course at their own pace. “Safety is our top concern,” said event organizer Kellie Hitchman. “We will have a fleet of kayaks, power boats, lifeguards and official safety personnel on hand to make sure everyone is safe and has a great time. It is amazing to see the community come together on so many different levels to support Hospice.”
Each swimmer is asked to raise at least $100 for Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley (youth swimmers age 14-17 are asked to raise $50). This includes the $25 registration fee. Swimmers, boaters and other volunteers will enjoy a light breakfast and will receive a tee shirt and other tokens for their participation.
In addition, the school whose students (as a group) raise the most money for Swim a Mile for Hospice will display a special trophy until the next year’s event. The name of the winning school is etched on the trophy each year. Last year, with the help of Aida Shippley, Canton Central School stripped Potsdam Central of their three- year stand as the school raising the most money.
Asked why she was participating again this year, one swimmer replied, “After my first year I just knew I wanted to sign up again. I just love the spirit of it. I love everyone getting together to contribute towards such a great cause while simultaneously having an absolute blas.! Couldn’t think of a better way to spend a beautiful summer morning.”
To register for Swim a Mile for Hospice, go to www.swimamileforhospice.org or call the hospice office in Potsdam at (315) 265-3105.