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The Classic starts at 8:00 am - A 1.3 mile swim starting at Matthews Beach in Seattle, crossing beautiful Lake Washington, and finishing at O.O. Denny Park in Kirkland where there will be breakfast and coffee. The swim is a fun, non-competitive event. That being said, it is a lake crossing, so it is for strong swimmers only. There will be plenty of boat support for safety and buoys to mark the course. It is strongly encouraged that you be able to finish the 1.3 miles in less than 90 minutes.
The Double Dip starts at 7:30 am - In addition to the traditional lake crossing, we have an out and back 2.5 mile option starting from O.O. Denny Park in Kirkland. The swimmers head approximately 1.25 miles towards Matthews Beach where there will be a marked buoy just off shore. Swimmers will round this buoy without exiting the water, and swim back to O.O. Denny to finish. This event is for advanced swimmers only. Please be able to finish the initial lake crossing (1.25 miles to Matthews) in less than 45 minutes. Swimmers that are unable to finish in this time frame may be pulled from the water.
"The Classic" 1.3 mile:
April 1st - June 15th: $75
June 16th - August 19th (or when sold out): $95
"The Double Dip" 2.5 mile:
April 1st - June 15th: $100
June 16th - August 19th (or when sold out): $125
All Registration is final! No refunds, no excuses!
We understand the uncertainty of scheduling future events due to Covid 19. The Swim for Children's Guild will do everything in our power to make sure the swim happens, if possible, and we will provide updates as we know them. Please do not sign up for the swim unless you are willing to have your registration processed as a donation if the event does not occur.
Registration includes bus transportation, chip timing, an event T-shirt, a swim cap, breakfast at O.O. Denny Park, and great camaraderie!
In addition to the proceeds from your registration, we are collecting new swim suits and goggles for Children's patients for use in the hospital's therapy pool. Please consider a donation when you register to swim ($25 for a suit and goggles).
Here is a thank you note from the hospital pool manager in 2019:
Participants must be at least 14 years old to swim.
Closed for 2020. Check back April 2021.
"The Classic" leaves from Matthews Beach at 8:00 am.
"The Double Dip" leaves from O.O. Denny Park at 7:30 am.
A shuttle will be available to take participants from Kirkland to Matthews Beach before the swim, or in the opposite direction after the event. The bus will also transport your towels, clothing, and other belongings from Matthews to Denny so it is available for you after the swim.
The shuttle before the swim will be leaving from Carl Sandburg Elementary School located at 12801 84th Ave NE in Kirkland. The shuttles will leave between 6:30 - 7:00 am for The Classic.
To help with the limited parking at O.O. Denny, the Double Dip swimmers are required to ride the shuttle from Carl Sandburg Elementary School (12801 84th Ave NE). The shuttles will leave between 6:30 - 6:45 am for the Double Dip.
The shuttle will be running at regular intervals after the swim to get you back to your car.
The average water temperature in late August is 69-71 degrees F. Wet suits are allowed but not required.
T-shirts, timing chips, and swim caps will be distributed the morning of the swim.
The Double Dip - From 6:30 - 7:00 at O.O. Denny.
The Classic - From 7:00 - 7:45 am at Matthews Beach
“The therapy pool staff are so thankful for this generous donation! There are many families that come to the hospital and swimming is one of the few fun things that the families get to do together. Being able to provide swim wear to the families makes their experience at the pool enjoyable and they are able to have positive family experiences. Sometimes the families are seeing a pool for the very first time in their lives.
We also provide swim wear to patients on the PBMU. This can be tricky as many of the patients are working on overcoming body image issues, depression, and anxiety. This will often include providing swim shirts, long and short sleeve, and swim suits in all sizes. The pool staff wants to make sure that swim wear is not a barrier to them having a meaningful recreational experience in the pool.
The best part of our day is when the patients tell us they have forgotten they are at a hospital because they were having so much fun.”