PROVINCETOWN — The 35th Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla is this Saturday, Sept. 10. You can still sign up to swim at swim4life.org (procrastinators may join the morning of, under the big white tent at Cannery Wharf Park, 387 Commercial St.).
Participants pledge $100, and swimmers, kayakers, walkers, and volunteers line up friends to add their donations. The funds raised go, through the Provincetown Community Compact, to support health-care and advocacy organizations including the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Outer Cape Health Services, and Helping Our Women.
There’s a new beneficiary this year: the Native Land Conservancy. Based in Mashpee and organized by indigenous people, the nonprofit aims to protect and preserve sacred lands.
As of Tuesday, 922 people had donated $92,631 via the Compact’s website. Executive director Jay Critchley says that the $200,000 goal posted on the site is “aspirational.”
Swimmers cover a 1.2-mile route that starts on the beach at Snail Road across from the Harbor and Breakwater hotels at 11 a.m. It follows the shore to the finish line at Cannery Wharf Park. Those new to the swim may want to attend an orientation on Friday, Sept. 9. For swimmers, that’s at 1 p.m., and for kayakers at 2 p.m. at Cannery Wharf Park.
There is a parallel swim at Great Pond in Wellfleet. Registration is also online or at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. The pond swim, limited to 50 swimmers, starts at 8 a.m.
This year, Seamen’s Bank President and CEO Lori Meads will be honored with the David Asher volunteer award for the decades she and her colleagues have given to working on the Swim.
The Compact has set up watch parties so people can cheer on the swimmers. One is at St. Mary’s, 517 Commercial St., and another at the Cape Codder Guest House, at number 580. They’re encouraging other waterfront-dwellers to do the same.
The finish-line celebration, including awards and the Mermaid Brunch with food by Far Land Provisions and music by Zoë Lewis, will be under a tent at Cannery Wharf Park. It is free and open to the public.