• Swim Event

Open Water Swim Festival to Honor Our Veterans

Bring your family and friends to support you!


Join us Saturday, July 13, 2019  at Wellington State Park, on beautiful Newfound Lake, in Bristol, NH, the cleanest lake in the Northeast U.S.A. Enjoy a day of competition, live military demonstrations, music, food, and more. Last year’s event drew over 4,000 attendees.

Please read important information about parking below.

1K, 5K and 10K Individual Swims

Meet Our U.S. Navy SEALs

Veteran Organization Information Booths

10K Team Relay Swim

Activities for the Kids

Manchester Police Department K9 vs. Navy Seal K9 Challenge

Music, Food, and Fun For Everyone

Live Military Demonstrations By
U.S. Navy SEALs and K-9 SEAL Unit

See more of photos of the 2018 Swim Event

Swimmer and Volunteer Registration Now Open

All registered swimmers will receive a Swim With A Mission cap and have access to the Swimmers Tent, which will have snacks and beverages. Please note, only swimmers who raise $100 or more, will receive a free t-shirt. See Fundraising Tips.

New this year – Swimmers are not required to fundraise, but are strongly encouraged. If you choose to fundraise through our site, you will be eligible for the following:

  • Complimentary event T-shirt for any individual who raises at least $100*
  • Complimentary Swim With A Mission hat or drawstring bag for any individual who raises at least $500*
  • Complimentary bottle of Single Barrel Jack Daniels made specifically for the Navy SEALs OR a signed Navy SEAL flag for any individual who raises at least $1000*
  • 2 Tickets for VIP reception on Friday July 12th for any individual who raises at least $5000*

*Based on individual totals as of 6/26/19 on your fundraising page which will include checks submitted in person or by mail.

Race Day Details

For Saturday, July 13, 2019


  • 10k Relay (Teams of 3-5 swimmers)  **New Course**
  • 10k individual swim
  • 5k individual swim
  • 1k individual swim

Swimmer Qualifications

  1. In good health and capable of making the swim distance
  2. Strong enough swimmer to hold a consistent pace (based on 100 yards) of 1:50 or better
  3. Committed to supporting our veterans and designated charities
  4. Each relay team will have at least 3 swimmers, but no more than 5
  5. Fundraising is not required, but highly encouraged! To further motivate our swimmers, there will be fundraising incentives…details coming soon!

Recognition & Awards

  • The top overall fundraising relay team will get special recognition.
  • The top fundraising individual swimmer will also get special recognition.
  • Official Swim With A Mission Awards will be presented to the following finishers: top 3 in the men’s and woman’s individual categories and top 3 relay teams.

USAT Wetsuit Rules

  • USAT rules state that competitors may wear wetsuits if the water temperature is 78 degrees or lower.
  • USAT rules also state that if the water temperature is between 78.1 – 83.9 degrees, competitors may wear wetsuits but will not be eligible for awards.
  • If the water temperature is 84 degrees or above, participants may not wear wetsuits.

General Rules and Details for All Swimmers

  • Swim Buoys and Assistive devices, including masks, fins, snorkels, and paddles are NOT allowed.
  • Swimmers are NOT permitted to wear headphones during the race.
  • USAT Wetsuit rules apply for use of wetsuits

1K, 5K and 10K Individual Details

  • Water starts for each distance
  • Out and back course (see map)
  • Swim in clockwise direction…always stay on left of buoys
  • Buoy at each distance turn around
  • There will be support boats at the 5K and 10K turnarounds.
  • Paddlers and support boats will be along the course for safety and support

10K Team Relay Details (New Route for 2019)

  • Beach start for all relay swimmers
  • Team members not swimming will remain on beach
  • Each lap equals .31miles or .5K (20 laps equal 10K) (see map)
  • Swimmer must cross start/finish time pad at the beginning of each lap
  • Every swimmer needs to swim at least one lap
  • Paddler can accompany Swimmers along route

Swim Route

  • All swim races will begin and end at Wellington State Park.


There will be NO Public Parking for the event inside Wellington State Park.

There is no on street parking allowed on West Shore Road.
Please park in one of our designated parking lots.

Satellite Parking and Shuttles Will Be Available From 5:30AM-5:00PM**

Thank you to Easter Seals/Veterans Counts for organizing our parking volunteers and providing the Shuttle Buses!

There are 4 Lots Available…

457 West Shore Road (Open 05:30-17:00)
22 Hemp Hill Road (Open 5:30AM-17:00) VOLUNTEERS ONLY
Freudenberg Lot, 450 Pleasant Street (Open 10:00-17:00)
Village Pizza of Bristol, 825 Lake Street (Open 10:00-17:00)

Vendors and Booth Holders will be given ONE parking pass so please plan accordingly.

SWAM would like to thank the following sponsors for the donation of land for our much-needed overflow parking lot.

Kayak, SUP and Boat Captain Rules

Safety is our #1 concern!

We depend on all swimmers, kayakers, boat captains and volunteers to know and follow the safety rules at all times.

  • Boats will be driven at headway speed and maintain a safe distance from the swimmers and kayakers/stand-up paddleboards (SUPs).  We recommend 15 – 20 feet.
  • All participants in a boat will follow the instructions of the boat captain and be vigilant in getting in and out of the boats.
  • Kayakers and SUPs that are escorting swimmers will remain 5 – 10 feet from the swimmers and act as the navigator to help keep the swimmers on the course.
  • Boat captains and kayakers/SUPs that are supporting the swimmers will be vigilant to deter spectator boats from driving into or through the swim course.
  • Each kayaker/SUP will either be assigned to a specific swimmer or be given a part of the swim course to patrol.

Kayakers/SUPs should come to the race prepared:

  • Dress in layers to account for a colder start and warmer temperatures later in the day
  • Wear a hat and sunscreen to protect from the sun
  • Must have their own kayak or SUP
  • Bring a cell phone in a plastic bag.  We will provide you with an emergency cell phone number to call if there is a problem or if you have questions
  • Bring 2 life preservers, one for you and one for any potential swimmer that needs a rescue
  • Food and drink for yourself
  • Bring a cup in case you have to use the bathroom (we are not kidding)
  • If you are assigned to a swimmer, they might ask you to carry food and liquids for them to be administered during the swim.  Please work together with your swimmer to provide them the best assistance.


How much does the event cost?

The event is free and open to the public.

Do we have to pay to get into Wellington State Park?

No, there will be no entrance fee.

Is parking available at the Park?

No, we ask our attendees to park in one of 4 satellite parking lots. See Parking Section for more details.

Can we register to swim on the day of the race?

Yes, unless we are sold out. Online registration closes on 7/10.

How can I volunteer for the event?

Can I wear a wetsuit?

We will post water temperature the day of the race. See wetsuit rules.

Will there be food at the park?

Yes, there will be food for purchase.

Can I make a donation to Swim With A Mission?

Yes, thank you for your support. On our website there is a donate button with full details of how to donate. There will also be donation boxes scattered around the event.

Fundraising Support

Welcome to the 2019 Swim With a Mission fundraising campaign.  Here are a few helpful hints to achieve success.

Make a List

Lists are great, they simplify, clarify and streamline your efforts. The first place to start is from your mobile devices.  Include all your contacts and emails.  More is better.

  1. All your relatives, every single one of them; $20 from each will add up very quickly.
  2. Work colleagues, let everyone know about this great event. Don’t forget to ask about matching contributions.
  3. Neighbors, any club you belong to: book clubs, tennis teams, cross fit groups, gun clubs, running friends, networking groups, religious organizations, VFW Halls, KOC memberships, any place you volunteer, PTA and of course swimming buddies.
  4. Anyone you pay; your accountant, plumber, electrician, mechanic, painter.

Creative Ideas

Instead of birthday/holiday gifts ask for a donation.

Play a board game, card game, dice, pool, darts or left right center with a group of friends and the winner donates the cash.

If permitted keep a change jar on your desk at work, with a large sign, and ask people to contribute loose change left over from lunch/coffee.

Restaurant Fundraisers. Contact local restaurants, bars or other proprietors and see if they will donate back a portion of the proceeds to SWAM.

Host a cocktail party or barbecue to support your mission.  You are asking for help and support.  Keep it simple, light on food and heavy on donations.

Make the Ask

Start small.  Make the first ask to someone you know will donate, next to the person you think will help and continue from there.  You are doing this for a great cause. 

Communicate Via:

Email     Text    Telephone    In Person    Handwritten Note

Use your social media outlets:

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snap and any other ways you communicate.  Videos are a great way to capture interest.  Perhaps include photos or a video of you training, at the gym, drinking a protein shake, a picture of your new swim goggles, your flip flops, have fun with this.

@swimwithamssion    #swimwithamission    Facebook

Communicate and Communicate Again

Donors are often willing but busy and typically have to be reminded before they commit to helping you.  Our Military protects everyone and our Veterans need and deserve our help. Mention the recipients:  The Navy SEAL Museum, Veterans Count, Dan Healy Foundation to name a few.

Thank You

Don’t forget to say thank you.  It is always a good idea to personally thank each person who donates by sending them a handwritten note, an email, a phone call, or give them a shout-out on social media.

Extra Help

Please contact us with any questions, we are here to help!

Suzanne Fischer

Company Gift Programs

Remember many companies match gifts…please contact your employer to see if they have a matching gift program.

Race Results from the Swim Events

Congratulations to all of our winners, placers and finishers.

2019 Results at MillenniumRunning.com|2018 Results at MillenniumRunning.com

Thank you for realizing how important this event is to our Veterans every year. You’re making a difference!