Entry Details

Reach the Beach - Chicago

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A Swim Mission 22 event is limited to

12 teams of 4 swimmers, meaning only

48 participants may be accepted to serve

in this important mission for disabled

U.S. combat Veterans. 

Attention Potential Team Captains! 

We are looking for a few good men and women (12 to be exact) to partner with us and serve as Team Captains to recruit and lead their teams.  We use the word “partner” because that is the type of relationship we wish to develop with you.  We hope for you to make this swim your own and for your team to have a recurring presence in this annual competition, as together we grow the popularity of this event!  Would you like to serve in this rank? 

Following are the steps and requirements to enter in this adventure

as a Team Captain or team member.

 

For the next steps to qualify for the swim through fundraising,

please see Fundraising Details.

 

Waitlist & Awarding of Entry Invitations
for Registration

Our Waitlist opens September 1st for teams and individual swimmers to sign up using RunSignUp (our online registration & fundraising platform) and receive entry invitations primarily on a first-come-first-served basis. 

In the awarding of entry invitations, swimmers who sign up for the waitlist together as a team (by their Team Captain) will have priority over those signing up as “Individual Swimmers.” 

 

Entry invitations will be awarded to the First 12 Teams joining the waitlist which fill the competitive divisions as needed to satisfy the greatest demand, while maintaining a competitive balance. 

To establish the 4 divisions (Men’s, Women’s, and Coed divisions in the relay race & the Distance Competition division), there must be a minimum of 2 teams per division.  We will honor first-come-first-served waitlist registration wherever we can.  However, we may skip over teams if necessary to meet minimum divisional requirements and/or to fill divisions as we best see fit to meet the demand.  It is possible the 4 divisions may not have an even number of teams, or there could be less than 4 divisions, as we may add more teams to the most popular divisions.  

On October 1st, if there are team vacancies in the relay race (not sold out), we will begin forming the teams needed to fill divisions by matching and awarding entry invitations to Individual Swimmers on the waitlist who warrant they can swim a mile in 40 minutes or less in a pool.  Pre-formed teams signing up for the waitlist after October 1st will still be given priority for entry invitations not already awarded to individual swimmers.   

If awarding entry invitations to individual swimmers, we will honor first-come-first-served waitlist registration when we can.  However, a swimmer’s willingness to serve as a Team Captain and relationships with other waitlisted individual swimmers (especially if a team is partially formed) are valued and will be taken into consideration.  The individual swimmer’s team gender preferences stated when signing up for the waitlist are honored. 

NOTE:  We will not award entry invitations to individual swimmers for the Distance Competition division, but individual swimmers are encouraged to form their own teams in that division.   

 

 

Registration will open when we are able to award entry invitations to 12 teams or ASAP after October 1st, whichever occurs first. 

 

The non-refundable Entry Fee is $350 (+ $31.50 sales tax & $19.31 RunSignUp processing fee).  Please see our Refund Policy in Disclosures

 

 

 

 

After registration, the Waitlist will remain open until the day before the swim.  The waitlist, in addition to our Find Teammates Forum, will serve as a pool of replacement teams and individual swimmers for the current year’s swim.  Additionally, all Team Captains on the waitlist, regardless of when they joined, will receive priority registration status in our Loyalty Program over new registrants when the waitlist for the next swim opens on September 1st the following year.  

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Best Strategy for Getting in the Swim 

Sign Up for the Waitlist Right Away! 

 

Team Captains, sign up your team if your team is already formed - as the best chance for

getting an entry invitation is to sign up for the waitlist early as part of a team.  Swimmers not

yet on a team should also get waitlisted right away as an “Individual Swimmer,” while working on forming or joining a team ASAP.  The waitlist “Sign Up” button appears on every website page header. 

Sign Up for the Waitlist Twice - As both a team member and as an individual swimmer. 

Being waitlisted twice will optimize your chances to receive an entry invitation.  While swimmers may only be waitlisted on a single team, team members may also register to be waitlisted as individual swimmers.  This may provide team members additional opportunities if their team doesn't get in and other teams need replacement swimmers.  When swimmers on the

"Individual Swimmers" waitlist join a team, they should make sure their Team Captain registers them as a waitlisted team member ASAP.    

 

Use Our Resources to Form or Join a Team. ​​

 1.  Join the Find Teammates Forum to team up with athletically compatible and like-minded swimmers.  Being a Forum member helps Team Captains and individual swimmers

connect to form teams initially and later if replacement swimmers are needed.  Even if you do

not need help forming a team, Team Captains and team members are still encouraged to join the Find Teammates Forum to keep their options open if their team does not get activated from the waitlist.  Everyone should join the Forum!  The “Find Teammates Forum” button appears on every website page header and in the top navigation menu. 

 

Only members have access to the Forum to post or view posts.  Full instructions for using and getting the most out of the Forum are provided when logging in.  

 

2.  Email other individual swimmers waitlisted on RunSignUp to form a team.

You may also view this information in your RunSignUp profile under "Groups."

 
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Considerations in Forming Your Team

"Good Enough to be in an Ad!"

Seriously, your first consideration is to form a team tailored to the competitive division you wish to enter.  The relay race offers team and individual speed competitions with Men’s, Women’s, and Coed divisions.  If you and your team wish to compete for distance, we have the Distance Competition division.

 

For full details to help you choose your competition, please see Competitive Divisions & Awards.

 

For helpful hints on what type of teammates will provide a good fit for your competition, please see Cut-off Time & Minimum Pace Required (item #2) under your chosen competitive division in Swim Procedures - Rules - Strategy.  There are some very good reminders in here, especially for the Distance Competition division. 

 

Please keep in mind that in addition to compatibility in the water, assessing a teammate’s ability to pull their weight by meeting their fundraising minimum requirement is important also.  Please See Minimum Fundraising Requirements to Qualify for Swim in Disclosures.

 

All who sign up for the waitlist will be asked to confirm that they have read and understand the credit card guarantee of their minimum fundraising requirement.  Even though signing up for the waitlist is free and the credit card guarantee is not made until official registration, we want to make sure the guarantee is correctly understood from the outset.  Please see Your Credit Card Guarantee - Confirming Your Qualification or Opting Out in Fundraising Details before signing up for the waitlist.  Please Contact Us if you have questions. 

 

Individual swimmers signing up for the waitlist will also be asked questions concerning their swimming time, team preferences, willingness to serve as Team Captain, and sharing of their email address to form teams.

 

We understand that time is of the essence if hoping to get near the top of the waitlist when signing up.  Therefore, to breeze through the process, you may view and download Waitlist Steps & Questions for time-saving explanations of registration steps and to preview questions you will be asked.

 

 

Teams

 

  • Team Captains must register themselves and their 3 team members on this waitlist at the same time. Team Captains will need to enter the name, email address, date of birth, gender, phone, and mailing address of each team member.

 

Once a team is waitlisted, Team Captains will have the ability to make changes to their team including removing and *adding members, changing the team name, team type (competitive division), team gender, and optional password. We encourage Captains to keep their waitlisted team updated, so we can properly assess the awarding of entry invitations. NOTE: Once a team is officially registered, only event administrators may make team changes. 

*  If a Team Captain removes a team member and is replacing them with a swimmer who is not already on a waitlist, the new team member must first register on the "Individual Swimmer" waitlist.  The Team Captain should then Contact Us so we can move the new swimmer to their team. 

  • Entry invitations awarded to waitlisted teams will contain a password to enter when officially registering during a specified 72-hour registration period on a private RunSignUp registration site.
     

 

Individual Swimmers

 

  • Entry invitations awarded to individual swimmers will contain a password to enter when officially registering during a specified 48-hour registration period on a private RunSignUp registration site.

Waitlist Procedures

 

After signing up for the waitlist, please like our Facebook Page & join our Facebook Group  to 
stay connected & updated on news from the event!

Please add
contact@SwimMission22.com to your address book to make sure we reach your Inbox with important information.  

Registration Procedures & Policies

Teams

 

  • All 4 team members receiving entry invitations register individually.  Unlike signing up for the waitlist, Team Captains DO NOT register their team members.

 

  • Registering is easy.  Team members click on the numbered team registration box which matches the team number specified on their invitation.   

 

  • The RunSignUp registration form will walk team members through the entire process of joining their existing team as both a swimmer and fundraiser.  Swimmers set up their personal fundraising profile while registering and can return to it at any time to make edits.

 

  • While password codes do not expire, teams have a 3-day (72 hour) registration period for all 4 team members to register before the next applicable waitlisted team will be given the opportunity to replace them. Team Captains may choose the alternative of staying in the swim and having us fill the team's open spots with the next applicable individual swimmers on the waitlist.

  • If a team wishes to customize their fundraising team’s profile picture and/or personal message and heading on RunSignUp, please let us know.  We are happy to make these changes for you! 

 

 

Individual Swimmers

 

  • Registering is easy.  Individual swimmers receiving entry invitations click on the numbered team registration box which matches the team number specified on their invitation.  

 

  • The RunSignUp registration form will walk individual swimmers through the entire process of joining an open team as both a swimmer and fundraiser.  Swimmers set up their personal fundraising profile while registering and can return to it at any time to make edits.

 

  • While password codes do not expire, individual swimmers will have a 2-day (48 hour) registration period to register before the next applicable swimmer on the waitlist is given the opportunity to fill their spot.

  • After registration, Team Captains will be contacted to confirm their Team Name if unknown.  If the team wishes to change Team Captains or customize their fundraising team’s profile picture and/or personal message and heading on RunSignUp, please let us know.  We are happy to make these changes for you! 

 

Priority Registration in the Future 

Loyalty Program for Our Returning & Waitlisted Team Captain Partners

In future years, we will award various levels of priority registration status to all returning and waitlisted Team Captains.  This is our “Loyalty Program” for our Team Captain “partners.”  While we do not expect team members or even Team Captains to enter the swim and raise funds for disabled combat Veterans every year, we hope to become part of your event plans from this day forward and see you back with us often.  Once you are part of our mission, you are part of our team.  Moreover, you are family! 

 

Entry invitations will be awarded to Team Captains signing up for the upcoming event’s waitlist on a first-come-first-served basis, but according to the order of priority listed below.  Priority registration status will be honored for 14 days (2 weeks) following the opening of the upcoming event’s waitlist.

 

1.  Defending Divisional champions:  Champions from the prior year are invited back to defend their crowns and are guaranteed an entry in each division.

 

2.  Waitlisted Teams: 1 entry is reserved in each division for the 1st team from the prior year’s

waitlist to sign up, so the competitive field will be infused with new talent each year.

 

3.  Past Divisional champions:  1st team to sign up gets 1st available entry in each division.

 

4.  All Past Teams:  1st team to sign up gets 2nd available entry in each division.

Any remaining divisional entries will be filled without priority status and awarded to Team Captains from the upcoming event's waitlist on a first-come-first-served basis.  

 

NOTE:  Priority registration status is subject to any right of first refusal obligations incurred the previous year.  Please see Fundraising Minimum Requirements to Qualify for Swim & Swim Cancellation or Alterations under Disclosures.  

 

 

Using the Find Teammates Forum as a Resource for Returning Team Captains:  We will actively promote our Forum to keep it stocked with talent for Team Captains to recruit replacement swimmers for team members not returning for the next swim.

 

 

 

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