Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States. Among these deaths, about one in five are children aged fourteen and younger. With this in mind, it is important to remember that these tragedies can often be prevented by something as simple as basic swimming lessons.
In 2011 the LA Tri Club launched a Coast 2 Coast Swim Challenge. Hundreds of triathletes, competitive swimmers, and recreational swimmers gathered together to swim laps and raise money to provide swim lessons to local underserved kids. This year, IRONMAN and the IRONMAN FOUNDATION are working together with the LA Tri Club to expand the Coast 2 Coast Swim Challenge to Tri Clubs around the country.
From May 1 to June 30, clubs are invited to host their own, local Coast 2 Coast Swim Challenge. Gather club members, family, and friends for a fun day by the pool and have swimmers donate laps or time slots to raise money. Whether you are a member of a Tri Club or not, anyone can participate and anyone can donate!
The ultimate goal of the Coast 2 Coast Swim Challenge is to raise money to provide swim lessons to underserved children in local communities while also attempting to swim the distance across the US. Last year, the LA Tri Club swam a total of 800 miles. The distance from Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY is about 2,448 miles. After all of the swim challenges are completed, we will be able to calculate the total distances swam by all of the clubs combined. Help us raise awareness, provide swim lessons, and swim from coat to coast!