Between 100 and 200 swimmers, middle school age or older, will swim .67 miles across Keuka Lake. Swimmers sign in, are given swim caps, instructions, and are grouped into pods (a group of about 10) the evening before the event, at Keuka College. The event kick off takes place early Saturday morning on the shoreline of Keuka College's point. Swimmers are boated across the lake to Willow Point on pontoon boats, and begin their swim together as a pod. Paddlers (Kayakers, Canoeists) escort each pod across the lake, and are required to attend a safety briefing before the event begins. Paddlers are in place to keep swimmers on track, give encouragement, and are equipped to assist with fatigued swimmers.
In addition to paddlers, the Yates County Sheriff's Department provides Marine Patrol who position themselves across the width of the lake. Lifeguards are present in motorized boats as well.
Krossin' Keuka is a fund raising event. Swimmers are required to pay a $25 registration fee, and raise at least $100 before the event. We encourage swimmers to raise as much money as possible, and they are eligible to win fundraising awards. Paddlers are required to pay the registration fee, and are encouraged to participate in sponsorship donations, but are not required to raise money.
All money raised from this event are for the Keuka Comfort Care Home. KCCH provides a facility and staff to ensure compassionate care in a peaceful, home-like environment for our community's terminally ill residents and their families, at no cost to these patients or families. KCCH is an extremely valuable asset to our community and the quality of care at KCCH has been experienced by many.
Swimmers are welcome to form their own pods. Family members, co-workers, organization members, or friends. We encourage healthy money-raising competition among swimmers and pods, but Krossin' Keuka is not a race. The goal is to raise as much money as possible. Please let us know on your registration form or via email if you're organizing a pod or a fundraising competition so we can assist you in any way we can.
New for 2013, we invite participants to form their own pods! Registered pods will receive a custom Krossin' Keuka t-shirt with their Pod Name on it (if registered by July 22nd, 2013).
How it works:
Let us know via email, or in your registration form of your Pod plans! You don't have to wait until everyone is registered - let us know as soon as you can so we can plan accordingly.
To get a custom Krossin' Keuka t-shirt, you must have a minimum of 10 registered participants in your pod, and a maximum of 12 participants.
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Krossin' Keuka is a .67 mile fun swim across Keuka Lake, off the shore of Keuka College. Swimmers are escorted by paddlers and marine patrol and greeted with breakfast on the shore. We swim to support the Keuka Comfort Care Home through fund raising in the form of sponsorships.
The Keuka Comfort Care Home is a non-profit home in Penn Yan, NY which provides a facility and staff to ensure compassionate care in a peaceful, home-like environment for our community's terminally ill residents and their families, at no cost to these patients or families.