Swim for a Cure Swimathon - This Sunday at the Pool

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The Metuchen Municipal Pool Swim Team will be starting Father's Day with a with a commitment to helping folks in need. Collaborating with Swim Across America, they will be swimming to raise money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment. Since 1987, SAA has raised over $25M through a variety of swim events.  This is the second year MMP has hosted the fund-raising event.

 

Team swimmers, divers, life guards and Master swimmers will do as many laps as they want (or can) and sponsors have committed to donations based on the number of laps they do. The team has a goal of swimming 100 miles.  Whether an athlete does 1 lap or 100, every lap by every participant counts and will bolster the group effort.

Team parent and event organizer, Melissa Karlovitch picked-up her dry cleaning a couple of years ago and saw 'Swim Across America" emblazoned on the hanger.  "My daughter Sarah is passionate about swimming so she went onto the SAA website to find out what it was all about. She became really excited about the thought of doing this with her team.  It combined swimming and cancer awareness, two things that were very meaningful to our family and to many other families in Metuchen" explained Melissa.

 

Last year, roughly 65 team members raised over $9,800. by swimming just over 123 miles (approx. 7,400 laps), the equivalent of swimming to Wilmington DE.  "We actually had 6 and 7 year olds swimming a mile and our older swimmers doing 5 miles a piece. In addition, Girls Scouts and Boy Scouts from local Metuchen troops came out and did a good majority of the volunteering needed to run the event" said Melissa. 

 

It's not too late to contribute, click here to sponsor an athlete - the list is sure to include many kids you know.  Or, you can send a check made out to Swim Across America and mail it directly to Melissa Karlovitch at 32 Rose Street, Metuchen. The team is also grateful for donations to help provide a light team breakfast during the event.

 

Swimmer registration is closed for this season,but check out the team website for next year. The organizers are hoping all team members are on-hand on Sunday to either swim, help-out, or cheer for the swimmers giving their all for the cause. They've also invited team dads to join their kids in the pool!  

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It does cost extra and there is practice everyday.

Does it cost extra to join the swim team or is it covered by your pool membership?

The swim and dive team is very appreciative to the Pool Membership and the Commission for all of the support we have received for our youth aquatics programs. As the pool is not scheduled to open on Sunday until noon and the Cancer Awareness Swim event is prior to operating hours, the teams will not be hindering access to any of the pool areas due to their efforts to bring attention this cause. Thank you to Metuchen Matters for recognizing the extraordinary efforts of our athletes and their parents as they bring attention to this illness that has impacted so many lives in the Metuchen Community.

It's the same as when there are swim meets on other days. If you click on the link to the website in the article, note that the swimathon is from 8:00 to 11:00 AM. The pool normally opens at 10:00 AM, so there will be little disruption for "everyone else" this Sunday.

Does this mean the whole shallow end of the pool is going to be closed to everyone else on Father's Day? They couldn't have picked a different day?

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