The 2nd annual Islesboro Crossing for LifeFlight open water swim fundraising event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 23, at 7 a.m. This year, swimmers will start at Point Lookout Resort’s beach in Lincolnville and finish just north of the Grindle Point Lighthouse on Islesboro.

Every year, people on Maine’s islands, in remote coastal regions and rural inland communities, become sick or injured and need emergency medical help. For a rural state like Maine, providing that critical care requires a highly-trained and well-choreographed system of volunteers and professionals. The 3-mile Islesboro Crossing open water swim is designed to illustrate the effort and teamwork that is crucial to the success of Maine’s emergency medical services network.

Our inaugural event last year attracted 40 swimmers who together raised more than $25,000 for LifeFlight. This year, the organization’s goal is to double the number of people who make the journey across the channel. With a lot of teamwork, participants could also double the amount of money raised, all of which goes to ensure everyone in Maine has access to the critical care they need, when they need it. This year’s event will also include an athlete dinner on Friday evening at Point Lookout Resort, and a community gathering post-swim on Islesboro.

LifeFlight has also partnered with midcoast swim coach and experienced open water swimmer Hodding Carter to offer a multi-day training opportunity. On Sunday, June 22, there will be a 2-hour session at the Pen Bay YMCA in Rockport. Carter will share insider tips and tricks that swimmers at every level will find helpful. The pool session will be followed by an open-water session later in July, date and location to be determined. Stay tuned to the LifeFlight website or Facebook page for additional details.

Experienced swimmers, along with volunteers and sponsors, who would like to take part in the 2014 edition of the Islesboro Crossing can register online at The deadline to sign up is Aug. 8 and the entrance fee per swimmer is $125 (you can raise it or pay it yourself). Additional fundraising incentives are also being offered, including LifeFlight swag and Speedo merchandise. LifeFlight created a special website for this year’s event, designed to make fundraising easy and convenient. For further details on the swim, visit or contact the LifeFlight Foundation at 230-7092.