Highest Grossing Open Water Charity Swims In The World

Highest Grossing Open Water Charity Swims In The World

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The Swim Across America’s Long Island Sound Swim started in Larchmont, New York in 1992. The 4-mile swim that starts at the Larchmont Yacht Club is dedicated to the memory of Kathy Webers who battled cancer for over a year. In its first year, 35 swimmers raised US$15,000.

Over the 23 years, the money raised, the number of swimmers, and the swim distances have been increased. Most impressively, the event raised US$1.245 million in 2011.

The event has dominated the highest grossing open water charity swims in the world:

1. 2015 Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge – US$2,010,000
2. 2011 Swim Across America Long Island Sound – US$1,245,000
3. 2013 Nighttrain228 – US$1,200,000
4. 2012 Swim Across America Long Island Sound – US$1,118,000
5. 2014 Swim Across America Long Island Sound – US$1,105,000
6. 2005 Swim Across America Long Island Sound – US$1,067,000
7. 2006 Swim Across America Long Island Sound – US$1,065,000
8. 2010 Swim Across America Long Island Sound – US$1,038,000
9. 2007 Swim Across America Long Island Sound – US$1,032,000
10. 2013 Swim Across America Long Island Sound – US$986,000
11. 2004 Swim Across America Long Island Sound – US$936,000
12. 2008 Swim Across America Long Island Sound – US$917,000
13. 2015 Tampa Bay Frogman Swim – US$500,000+
14. 2015 Mighty Mac Swim – US$432,000
15. 2016 A Long Swim – US$320,000+
16. 2016 OceanFit – US$308,800
* for Habitat for Humanity in its first year

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