Swim a Mile for Hospice

What is Swim a Mile?

The first Saturday of August Hospice hosts the Swim a Mile event at Postwood Park Beach in Hannawa Falls, NY. This event is a non-competitive, open water swim to raise money for Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley. Speed is not the important thing. What is important is sharing a unique athletic experience on Hannawa Pond and supporting your community in the process!

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General Details and Directions

A beloved community event hosted by Hospice and Potsdam Recreation at scenic Postwood park. Participants have the option of swimming a full mile course or getting their feet wet in the half mile course. Swimmer safety is our top concern with dozens of boats and kayaks as well as five certified lifeguards spread out along the course. Participants are rewarded with a Swim a Mile merchandise consisting of a t-shirt, backpack and swim cap. Additional Prizes are rewarded based on fundraising efforts. Not a Swimmer? There are other ways to get involved listed below or join us in supporting a swimmer!

I want to register as a Swimmer!

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Full course is avaliable for swimmers age 14 and up, the half mile swim is avaliable for those 12 to 112 years old! Swimmers are grouped according to ability level with everyone completing the swim at her or his own pace. Some swimmers take 20 minutes; others take more than an hour, stopping to chat and dog-paddle as they move around the lake. Preregistration guarentees you a t-shirt; so register now and be part of this great event to support Hospice!

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I want to join the Safety Team as a Boater!

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In order to ensure the safety of our swimmers we need the help of many canoes, kayaks and powerboats. Boaters will be spaced throughout the course to encourage and watch over the swimmers. Certified Lifeguards will be stationed on powerboats and ready to assist any swimmers in distress. Boaters must be 18 years or older!


Register as Boater

I want to volunteer and help out!

A limited number of water side volunteers are needed to help with the general organization of the event. Duties include:
  • Swimmer Check-ins
  • Organizing Swim Pods
  • Safety monitoring
  • Supporting Swimmers
Contact Hospice for more information.

Register as Volunteer
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I want to sponsor a swimmer!

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Donors can select a specific swimmer to sponsor using our search feature or make a general donation to the event. You donations will directly impact the lives of friends and neighbors when they need it most.

Corporate Sponsorships are avaliable, contact Hospice for more information! Checkout our current event sponsors .

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