Friday, March 11, 2011

Swimmers Sought to Help "Swim" the Long Trail in Support of Red Cross Disaster Services

In an effort to raise funds to support critical disaster relief services, the American Red Cross announced today that they are recruiting swimmers to help “Swim the Long Trail.”

Adopting a novel approach to “hiking” the Long Trail, the goal is for volunteer swimmers to raise funds in advance of taking to the pool on April 2nd and then, as a group, for their combined efforts to cover a distance equal to the 273 mile iconic trail. Swimmers can do their part at one of two locations, The Edge in Williston and the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction.

The goals of event organizers is to bring attention to the vital disaster services mission of the Vermont & the New Hampshire Valley American Red Cross and raise funds to ensure that the necessary resources are available to support the people and communities in our region during times of disaster.

“Swim the Long Trail is a great way for swimmers of all ages to enjoy a swim, while also knowing that their efforts are lending much needed support for the American Red Cross,” said Larry Crist, Red Cross Regional Executive for the Vermont & the New Hampshire Valley Region. “We are putting out the call to all swimmers, swim teams and local organizations to join us for this fun event.”

The Vermont and the New Hampshire Valley region of the American Red Cross plays a vital role in helping people to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. In addition to training thousands in lifesaving skills across our region each year, the American Red Cross provides disaster assistance, at no cost, to community members at their hour of greatest need. These services range from shelter and food, to clothing and medicine. Red Cross disaster services are supported by the generosity of donors.

“With the support of the Upper Valley Aquatic Center, The Edge, Mascoma Bank, Best Buy and Price Chopper, there will be two wonderful sites to swim, prizes, food and fun for all participants,” Crist added.

Interested swimmers and volunteers can find more information at or by contacting Eric Cochran at 802-660-9130 x113 or via e-mail at