Dozens of participants expected at 'Swim a Mile for Hospice'
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 8:39 am

HANNAWA FALLS -- Dozens of swimmers will take to the water Saturday, Aug. 2 to “Swim a Mile for Hospice.”

The 5th anniversary of this event will begin at 8 a.m. with swimmers departed 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” she continued.

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 3- year stand as the school raising the most money.

To register, visit or call 265-3105.