The start of the 2021 VSAP series is the inaugural 2.2 Miles Individual and Relay Team swim at Hope Mills Lake located in Hope Mills, NC. From the moment we mentioned it to the town leadership they were very welcoming and supportive of this plan.
Samantha Lubin is the director for this year’s swim. She is the perfect person to lead this swim. Sam told us the story of how she was going to swim Lake Tahoe in memory of a close Military friend who recently committed suicide. She said she was going to raise money and awareness with a 22 mile swim in Lake Tahoe. I asked Sam if she would combine her effort and fundraising with VSAP Series and lead the swim. She did not hesitate on leading the swim. She has hit the ground running on tasks such as water chemical reports, town commissioner briefings, vendor support, media engagements, etc. We are glad to have Mrs. Samantha Lubin on our team and look forward to the success of this swim.
Swimmers can choose to swim as an individual or a relay team. Individuals will swim 4 loops of .5 miles and back to finish for the 2.2 Miles. Relay teams can consist of 2-4 swimmers who will swim .5 mile legs. The event will start off with 5 swimmer groups with 1 min in between groups. For Teams, all swimmer’s individual times will be averaged and that will be the final time. There will be two 50 swimmer waves that will have a 3-hour cut off to complete 2.2 miles. A manual tracking software will be used to track individual times using the swimmer’s bib number upon registration.
- Swimmers will pay a $75 registration fee which will cover a medal, custom swim cap, on-site beverages, on-site nutrition, and race event support through Active Works Relay teams will only pay 1 registration $75 fee for the entire team but each swimmer will still fundraise $100.
- Swimmers will also agree to fundraise $100 for VSAP Series fundraising campaign through GallantFew non-profit Veteran fundraising campaign. Swimmers can opt to pay $100 themselves at time of registration or have friends/family donate to the GallantFew site and ensure they put the swimmer’s name in the comments.
- Swimmers will show proof of Registration and Donation at time of packet pick-up
- 50% of fundraising will go toward GallantFew so they can continue providing resources and services for Veterans. 44% will be divided amongst the Mission Support Partners and donated back to their charities. 6% will go back into the VSAP Series for future plans and operations.
- 6:00am Site set-up
- 8:00am Registration and packet pick up begins
- 9:00am Wave 1 Start – First 50 registered Swimmers
- Noon Opening Ceremony- VSAP Leader, Town Leadership, Guest Speaker, JROTC Color Guard
- 12:30pm Wave 2 Start- Second 50 registered Swimmers
- 3:30pm – End of Event
- 4:00pm- Results/Awards (Fastest Individual, Fastest Team)
Sponsors and On-Site Vendors
- Food Vendors-
- Medical Team-
- Water Rescue Team-
- Media Engagement Teams-
Samantha Lubin- email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: (760) 803-0274
Ricky Love- email: email@example.com phone: (910) 624-9235