#StartYourSwim program offers incentives to Swim participants

Save The Bay’s #StartYourSwim program offers free workouts and fitness class discounts to swimmers registered for the July 27 Swim fundraiser

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – April 12, 2019 – Save The Bay has launched #StartYourSwim, a new swimmer training and incentive program, to support the training efforts of registered participants in the organization’s annual open water Swim fundraiser, taking place this year on July 27. In addition to providing free workouts from master swimmers and open water coaches to the online Swim community, Save The Bay has partnered with local fitness organizations, including Laid Back Fitness, Rhode Island Power Yoga, and the Newport and Providence chapters of the November Project to offer discounts on fitness classes and programs to all registered swimmers.

“Participants in the Swim tackle a 1.7-nautical-mile, open water journey,” said Save The Bay Events Manager, Leanne Danielsen. “It’s an exciting challenge, but we know it can be a big one, too. Our goal for #StartYourSwim is to offer support and training to all the amazing swimmers who register for the Swim, to encourage new or undecided swimmers by giving them the cross-training tools they need to prepare, and to strengthen the ties throughout our Swim community.”

“We’re so happy to be participating in this program because we believe encouraging others to step outside their comfort zones can be game-changing,” said Erin Briskie, co-organizer and manager of the participating organization, the November Project. “It can be hard to take on new challenges alone, but great things can happen when you have a community to support you!”

The Save The Bay Swim fundraiser and community have been growing for more than 40 years, and the event has become one of the most iconic of its kind in the country. Every year, as many as 500 swimmers register to fundraise for Save The Bay, and for the unparalleled experience of swimming from Newport, R.I. to Jamestown, R.I. in the shadow of the Claiborne Pell Bridge.

#StartYourSwim workouts can be found on social media using the hashtag, posted on the “Save The Bay Swimmers” Facebook group and Instagram account (@savethebayswim), or by visiting savebay.org/swim. Fitness discounts are available to all Swim participants upon registration. A detailed overview of the incentives and workouts available with the #StartYourSwim program is also available at savebay.org/swim. Those ready to register for the Swim, create a team or donate to the event are encouraged to visit swim.savebay.org/2019.

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About Save The Bay: Founded in 1970, Save The Bay is currently celebrating 50 years of advocacy, education, and restoration efforts in its mission to protect and improve Narragansett Bay and its watershed. An 18-month celebration marks the anniversary with special events and a capital campaign to unite the community and lay the foundation for Save The Bay’s continued work toward a fully swimmable, fishable, healthy Narragansett Bay, accessible to everyone and globally recognized as an environmental treasure.

*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.

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