Make Swimathon Your First Fitness Challenge Of 2020

Swimathon 2020: How to Get Involved

Make Swimathon Your First Fitness Challenge Of 2020

If you’re looking for a new fitness challenge this spring, then why not give Swimathon a go? It’s perfect for swimmers of all ages, abilities and fitness levels.

There are distances to suit everyone, whether you’re relatively new to swimming or an experienced lane swimmer. As well as being a great fitness challenge, it’s also a fantastic way to raise money for two of the biggest cancer charities in the country – Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie.

Taking place over the weekend of March 27th– 29th 2020, you’ll be joining thousands of other swimmers across the country – including Team GB swimming stars Duncan Goodhew and Mark Foster – in taking part in the Swimathon, and your local Everyone Active pool is the ideal place to get going!

What is Swimathon?

Swimathon is a nationwide money-raising swimming challenge that will take place on March 27th-29th this year and raises vital funds each year for two of the country’s largest charities. The first of these is Cancer Research UK, which uses the money to fund research into defeating cancer. The second is Marie Curie, which helps nurse people through terminal illness, including cancer.

Participants can take on distances ranging from 400m to the Triple 5k as an individual. This last challenge requires you to swim 5km three times, each one at a different pool. Furthermore, you can also enter as a team. If, however, you are entering as a team, you can only enter for either the 1.5- or 5km challenges.

As a reward for completing your distance, you’ll also receive a Swimathon-branded swim hat and a medal, too.

This year marks the 33rd running of the event, which has helped to raise more than £50 million for good causes in that time.

How do I get involved?

If you’re participating in this year’s event, then you just have to go to the Swimathon website and register yourself or your team and pay your entrance fee. Once you’ve registered, you’re free to start swimming at any participating pool and raising as much money as possible!

Where can I take part in Swimathon?

There are more than 600 pools across the UK that are participating in this year’s Swimathon, of which over 120 are Everyone Active pools. You can complete your Swimathon challenge at any one of our swimming pools, although if you’re taking on the mighty Triple 5km, then you’ll need to visit three in order for it to count!

Everyone Health provides physical activity services in order to help you with your health goals. Check out the website to see if you are eligible for services or call: 0333 005 0095.

This article was initially written for our sister site Everyone Active.

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Source: https://southend.everyonehealth.co.uk/articles/Swimathon

YMCA Swimathon 2020!

Make Swimathon Your First Fitness Challenge Of 2020

Swimathon is the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim. It has been running for over thirty years and – since it started – has raised more than £48 million for many different charities. Here's how you can take part this year using the YMCA Club's pool…

The 2020 Swimathon is taking place from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th March.

Please note that our pool will be closed to people not taking part as follows:

Friday 27th March from 6.30pm to 9.30pm and Saturday 28th March from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Duncan Goodhew, Swimathon President and Olympic gold-medallist, says:

“It has been a real joy to see Swimathon develop and mature into the great event it is today. Swimathon really was ahead of its time giving people a chance to get active and do some good at the same time. I am so proud of both Swimathon’s longevity and its legacy.”

Choose your distance

Whether you are doing it as part of a team or going solo, there's a range of distances to choose from. Pick the one that will be right for you:

  • Individual 400m
  • Individual 1.5k (60 lengths in our pool) – this is a great challenge for novice swimmers or those that prefer to push their speed on shorter distances.
  • Individual 2.5k (100 lengths in our pool) – the perfect challenge for the intermediate swimmer who trains regularly and wants to push their boundaries.
  • Individual 5k (200 lengths in our pool) – this is the ultimate Swimathon challenge. To complete the 5k distance in one session takes dedication, commitment and a good training programme.
  • Triple 5K – when you complete a 5k challenge in the same venue across three different sessions.
  • Team 1.5k – 60 lengths of a 25m pool in a relay with friends, family or colleagues. Split it as you – shorter distances for the novices or longer for the kids.
  • Team 5k – This is for teams of 2 to 5 swimmers. Split it evenly between members or break it down according to abilities and get everyone involved.

Whatever the distance, you'll be helping to raise money for cancer charities, Marie Curie and Cancer Research. To date, we've raised over £1,800.

Swimtag

Using SWIMTAG along the way will be a great way to track how well you are doing. SWIMTAG is free to members of the YMCA Club. It is a system that logs your swims in our pool and shows how far, how fast and how efficiently you swam.

We will set competitions which you can do in your own time, that cover all distances set in Swimathon. At the end of each month leading up to the competition we will set 1.5k, 2.5k as well as 5k-distance challenges that you can join online.

These will give you the chance to test how long it takes to cover your target distance.

How to take part

Anyone can take part! Swimathon is open to both members and non-members. Under 16s are especially welcome.

Participants can take part at the YMCA Club by registering on the Swimathon website

Depending on your challenge, it costs between £10.50 and £28 to register. 

Any questions, please email YMCA Club Pool Supervisor, Julian.Meldrum@ymca.co.uk

**PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE NO MORE PLACES LEFT FOR SWIMATHON AT THE YMCA CLUB POOL ON FRIDAY 27TH MARCH**

Source: https://www.ymcaclub.co.uk/blog/ymca-club-host-30th-anniversary-swimathon-event-2017

Meet Wanda

Make Swimathon Your First Fitness Challenge Of 2020

This year will be the fifth time that I have taken part in Swimathon and my third year of being a Swimathon Ambassador. The experience of being an Ambassador doesn’t get any less exciting and is still just as special, each time. 

My swimming journey began in 2015, when I started swimming on the advice, following advice from my physiotherapist, after sustaining a back injury. 

Aside from a few lessons, during my primary school years, I’d had only limited opportunities to learn to swim.  My swimming stroke was, up until 2015, limited to splashing down the pool, with my arms flailing.

In 2012, I made the decision to learn to swim. It was to take me, another two years, before I booked my first lesson, on May 8th 2015.

Learning to swim, was to prove, more challenging, than I initially anticipated, but I loved it.

My mental health benefited, through swimming by helping me to create space to process my day. Swimming has also had significant positive benefit on my physical health, alongside my back injury, I also have osteoarthritis and asthma. Being in the pool, gives me such a sense of freedom.

Eighteen months, after I started swimming, my chest consultant found my lung function to be the best it had been, for 6 years. Something which he believes was attributable to me swimming on a regular basis. In 2019, the positive benefits that swimming has had, on my physical health was highlighted in Swim England’s “Moving Medicine” Campaign and also in their “Value of Swimming” report.

Over the past year, I have also started venturing into open water swimming. I haven’t got much beyond just “bobbing around” but living near the North Sea means that there are ample opportunities, for me to do so. 

Not only do I enjoy swimming, but I also partake in regularly in aquafit and “Float Fit Hit” groups.

Float fit hit, was introduced to my local pool, in 2019, it is essentially a workout, carried out on a boards, anchored in the pool. I observed it once and thought “not a chance”.

The “teacher” however, had other ideas, encouraging me to “give it a go”. It’s now one of the highlights of my week, even though I regularly lose my balance and fall off my board!

This year Swimathon have changed their swim hats not only are they, in my opinion, much better quality, but there is now space to write who you are swimming for. So grab a permanent marker and get writing on your swim hat, this year, who you are swimming for.

It maybe for yourself, cake or, as in my case, a loved one. On the Swimathon Ambassador day, I proudly wore my grandad’s name on my hat, my grandad frequently spoke of his love of swimming, in his younger years.

I know that he would have been very proud, that his granddaughter (eventually) has the same love of swimming.

Each year, when I have taken part in Swimathon, I have taken on a bigger challenge than the previous year as I have progressed on my swimming journey. In 2016 I took on the 1.5km, the year after 2.

5km, then in 2018 I swam a total of 5km over the Swimathon weekend.

Last year, I planned to swim 5km, but the lure of the new Triple 5km, was too great and over the space of a week, I completed the Triple 5km. 

So which challenge am I taking on this year? 2020 marks 5 years, since my first adult swimming lesson and the 5th time I have participated in Swimathon, so there was one obvious choice…I am taking on all five Swimathon challenges: 400m, 1.5km, 2.5km, 5km and the Triple 5km. 

Source: https://swimathonfoundation.org/posts/meet-wanda-2020-swimathon-ambassador

10 (not too difficult) fitness challenges to aim for in 2020

Make Swimathon Your First Fitness Challenge Of 2020

I once knew a man who would dismally greet the coming of each new year with the words: “Another 12 months gone by and still no better”.

January certainly bestows a sharp reality check after the warm optimism of the Christmas period.

It’s when many of us are prompted to look backwards and notice how the years have begun rolling seamlessly together as it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish one from the other.

So, why not resolve to make 2020 different from what has gone before? Perhaps next January, you can look back upon the year with a glow of satisfaction, having taken on one of these 10 challenges below.

We’ve selected ones that aren’t too difficult to achieve but still require focus and preparation.

Just one will provide the perfect incentive to up your fitness in 2020 and then, perhaps, move on to greater things in future years.

If you want to put your toe gently into the faster-flowing waters of self-improvement, the Slievenamuck Mountain Marathon is just the start you’re looking for. The advantage is that you don’t actually have to complete a full mountain marathon, since there is also a half-marathon walk on offer, which should be manageable for most people with training.

Taking place on April 5th, the half-marathon involves a 21km walk through hill terrain that comes with the bonus of arresting views across the scenic Glen of Aherlow, to the salient peaks of the Galtee Mountains. If you want to go for broke, there is also a full-on 42km mountain marathon, which you can choose to walk or run. galteewalkingclub.

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To gain a Compostela (completion certificate for the Spanish Camino), pilgrims are required to walk at least 100km of a pilgrim path, finishing in the Galician city of Santiago. For Irish pilgrims, a special indulgence from this rule is now on offer.

The Cathedral of St James has agreed to grant a Compostela to those who complete the 75km Camino path from the northern Spanish coast to Santiago, provided they have already completed a certified 25km pilgrimage in Ireland.

The Irish paths accepted for this purpose are listed on the Camino Society website. Having footed the required 25km in Ireland and obtained the necessary documents from the Dublin Camino Office, head for Spain and the ancient city of A Coruña.

Here, you follow a picturesque and uncrowded route that leads to Santiago, which has been walked by Irish pilgrims since medieval times. caminosociety.com

An age-old truism propounds that the more we do something, the better we get at it. If you can now manage a length or two of a swimming pool, there is no reason why you should not be able to swim a mile in three months’ time. The secret is practice.

Swim Ireland coaches have written a swimming plan that will enable those who can swim a little to swim a mile with just 12 weeks of training. You can choose to follow the plan alone, or join one of the 47 training groups at pools nationwide. Afterwards, your watery mile can be proudly completed at an official Swim For A Mile challenge event.

Here you will be timed and receive a Swim For A Mile pack as a reward marking your achievement. swimforamile.com

Walkers on the Irish Pilgrim Journey

Once upon a time, if you longed for a pilgrim walk, it was first necessary to survive the penitential experience of getting through an airport. Thankfully this is no longer the case.

Long predating the Spanish Camino, Ireland’s ancient pilgrim paths have recently re-awakened and are now echoing once again to pilgrim footfall.

Each August, the volunteer groups associated with five of these ancient trails come together to create an Irish Pilgrim Journey of 120 km, which is fully guided and lasts for one week. Led by volunteers, it follows ancient pilgrim paths in Cork, Kerry, Wicklow and Mayo.

So, if you would to engage with Ireland’s mystical history while in the company of -minded people, mark August 22nd to 29th into your diary now. Having completed the Pilgrim Journey, you will be awarded a Teastas (completion certificate) by Ballintubber Abbey. pilgrimpath.ie

General view as the The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle passes through Sneem Village. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Registration opens on January 6th for this superb cycle challenge around Ireland’s most scenic ring. If you are not a cyclist but are in reasonably good health, you still have plenty of time to prepare for this 170km circuit. Be warned though: the Ring of Kerry Challenge is a long and demanding day involving 1,560m of ascent.

If you are not used to being in the saddle, the key to successful completion is getting out on your bike consistently for at least three months. The organisers suggest a preparation period with 40km spins in April, rising to 80km in May and 120km in June.

Do this and come July 4th, you will enjoy the pleasure of a superb downhill finish through the splendour of Killarney National Park. ringofkerrycycle.ie

If your target for 2020 is improving your all-round fitness, this event may be just for you. Taking place on September 5th, the multidisciplinary Knock ME Down Challenge is great fun for participants.

The 30 km cycle, kayak around a picturesque mountain lake and 5km run over demanding terrain makes for a memorable challenge that is always sold out well in advance – so book early. If you would enjoy a stiffer challenge, the Knock ME Down MÓR offers you exactly that.

It requires a longer run, and comes with a final “sting in the tail” – a challenging cycle over the famous Vee Gap. knockmealdownactive.com

If you’d to attempt one of Ireland’s long-distance walking trails, but feel you are not ready yet for the 10-day rigours of the Kerry Way or even the seven-day challenge of the Dingle Way, fear not; the Slieve Bloom Way is the perfect one for you, which is possible to complete without too much difficulty in three days.

The best place to start and finish the 84km trail is from glorious Glenbarrow in Co Laois, on the east side of the range. Your route – along well-built forest pathways for the most part – then follows high heathery ridges and drops into deep sequestered glens.

Stick to the trail and you will enjoy a very real sensation of being detached from modernity, especially if you spend your two overnights camping wild amid the high Blooms.

Built a century ago to enclose the catchment area of the Silent Valley Reservoir, the Mourne Wall was designed to keep livestock from contaminating the Belfast water supply.

Filtration processes have now rendered it obsolete, but it is still a wonder to behold, as it mimics the Great Wall of China by an undulating 35km over the Mourne summits.

Following the wall for its entire length makes for an unforgettable circuit, and this is one adventure you can DIY, as the structure offers an infallible navigational guide.

The challenge involves 3,000m of ascent, so you will need to be fit and well kitted out for the unforgiving high mountain environment. You can accomplish the challenge in one long 10 to 12-hour hike, or over two less demanding days with one memorable night spent camping wild in the High Mournes.

Go sea stack climbing in Donegal

If an adrenalin rush is your thing, then sea-stack climbing will certainly push your buttons. The storm-tortured and previously unclimbed sea stacks off the Donegal coast were ignored for centuries until Iain Miller saw their potential.

His company, Unique Ascent, now offers genuine thrill seekers an opportunity to summit Ireland’s most outstanding sea stacks as part of an adrenaline-rich experience. First, you descend great cliffs to gain the ocean.

Then, it’s across open sea to reach the base of the towering stack, before you climb up the great edifice while held by a safety rope. Arriving on the tiny summit, you will find yourself surrounded by a surreal world consisting of nothing but ocean and sky.

It will prove a genuinely out-of-this-world experience you are unly to forget. uniqueascent.ie

Howling Ridge: Since 1987 this has become Ireland’s most famous climb

In February 1987, Kerry men Con Moriarty and John Cronin ascended the northeast face of Carrauntoohil in search of ice climbing. To their astonishment, they discovered a previously unknown ridge they christened Howling.

This has since become Ireland’s most-famous climb, its iconic status making it a rite of passage for those wishing to experience the knee-knocking intensity of climbing exposed rock.

However, to ascend Howling safely you need certain rope-work skills and these are provided by local company Kerry Climbing. Over an intensive day in the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, you will learn rock-climbing techniques and rope work.

Then, on day two, you make a guided ascent of Howling, before continuing on to Carrauntoohil’s summit to celebrate your achievement. kerryclimbing.ie.

Source: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/fitness/10-not-too-difficult-fitness-challenges-to-aim-for-in-2020-1.4119623

Swimathon › Ambassadors

Make Swimathon Your First Fitness Challenge Of 2020

Distance: 5k 

Swimming level: Advanced 

Bio: Hello! I’m so excited to finally be committing to Swimathon this year.

I intend to swim the mighty 5k swim! I currently train four times a week, and usually complete anywhere between 2-3k a session.

So, it’s going to be a quite a step up for me but I wanted a distance that will challenge me. I’m two weeks into a new training plan and have already achieved 3.8k in one of my swims, so I’m feeling optimistic! 

I’m also very much looking forward to being an Ambassador for Swimathon! I wanted to be an Ambassador in order to truly immerse myself in the whole experience and get to know others who have just as much passion for swimming and are bursting with drive and ambition. I believe it will be a fantastic and memorable experience. I’m ready and got my game face on! 

Follow Dawn's Swimathon story on her .

Esther Chambers

Distance: 100k

Swimming level: Advanced

Bio: By being a Swimathon Ambassador I’m hoping to encourage others to challenge themselves – whatever distance that might be.

If you chip away at it, and swim a little bit further each time, you’ll surprise yourself by what you can achieve! I still remember when I struggled to swim a length of front crawl.

Once I’d figured out it’s easier if you don’t hold your breath, I grew to love it – life always seems better after a swim! I participated in my first Swimathon nearly twenty years ago.

Since then I’ve tried to challenge myself a little bit more each year – either by swimming faster, or a longer distance, or more than one Swimathon. I live in Cambridge, with my husband and my ten-year-old son. This year I’m planning to swim two 5k Swimathons a day for ten consecutive days in various pools in and around Cambridge – 100k in total.

Follow Esther's Swimathon story on her .

Paige Gallagher

Distance: Triple 5k

Swimming level: Intermediate

Bio: Hi everyone, my name is Paige and I'm 13 year's old. The next Swimathon will be my third, fourth and fifth 5k and I'm so proud to have been chosen to be an Ambassador. I lost an auntie to cancer and another lost a kidney to cancer, so raising money for such amazing causes is very close to my heart.

I'm a water baby really as I dive for my local squad Plymouth Diving, at Plymouth Life Centre and love to swim. I really feel at home in the water and the exercise helps me to clear my head if I've had a busy day. My school has been very supportive of my extra curricular sports and are allowing me to promote Swimathon with my peers.

So watch this space for more entrants! I look forward to sharing more with you all.

Samantha Perrott

Distance: 5k

Swimming level: Intermediate

Bio: I am a very keen runner and Chair of a community running club in Neath South Wales and I enjoy long distance trail racing and social group running. We encourage all abilities to come along and have a go.

It's exactly the same idea with the swimming, a sport literally everybody can get involved with. Recently I have pursued an interest in expanding my swimming skills.

I have always swam a little bit for cross training purposes or with my kids, but since the beginning of 2018 I wanted to try and push myself more with my swimming as I have been loving it. 

I have started testing myself with a little bit of open water swimming and cannot wait for the spring to get the light back for after work sea swims.

Swimming is a sport that everybody can do and this is what makes Swimathon fantastic for every ability from the beginner to the experienced.

I have set myself the challenge for the March Swimathon to hit the 5k target for the first time and I am looking forward to encouraging others to join in on the  challenge from 400m-5k.

Stephen Morrison

Distance: 5k

Swimming level: Advanced

Bio: I am Stephen Morrison, a champion for sport for all, and blogger at www.howmanymiles.co.uk from Glasgow. Swimming was always an activity that I avoided. Not because I was afraid of the water, but because I couldn't swim and because I was afraid of what people might say or how they might look at me.

For I am a plus sized try athlete and until Swimathon last year, swimming was an activity that I tried to avoid. However, I wanted to challenge myself and leave my comfort zones and with the support of my fellow Swimathon Ambassadors and participants all over the UK, I managed to swim 2.5km front crawl.

This year, I am going for the 5k at Lifestyle Eastfield and I want to show that everyone can swim.

Follow Stephen's Swimathon story on his  and Instagram.

Sue Wilson

Distance: 5k

Swimming level: Intermediate

Bio: Hi, I’m Sue. I live in New Malden and swim in my local pool, at the Malden Centre. I’ve always had a love of the water, but haven’t really done any serious swimming over the recent years – just messing around in the water with my kids.

 I work at the leisure centre where I’m doing the Swimathon and in January 2018 I was invited to join my colleagues on a Malden Centre Team Swimathon entry.

With some apprehension I said I would – it’s hard enough getting into your cossie in front of your work colleagues – but when you are at least 20 years older and more than a few pounds heavier than everyone, it is more of challenge! Four of us completed the team swim and immediately afterwards I promised myself I would complete the 5k on my own next time – and so began my year of training. Nine months on and I’m swimming 3-5 times a week. Gradually building up to the mammoth 200 lengths.

I’ve lost over 2 stone in weight and feel fitter and healthier than I’ve felt in a long time. I started the year only able to swim 20 lengths in one go and finished with a 150 length swim during the Christmas holidays. 

This is a very personal journey for me as I’ve never completed such a physical challenge before, I wanted to be an Ambassador to tell people that you don’t need to be a pro to attempt something this – anyone can have a go whatever your fitness and whatever distance you choose – just get in the water and start swimming!

Follow Sue's Swimathon story on her and Instagram.

Tamsyn Smith

Distance: 2.5k

Swimming level: Intermediate

Bio: As Duncan Goodhew once said to me: “Learning English at school is important, but un swimming, it will never save your life!”. I only learned to swim 5 years ago, so despite already having completed triathlons, my swimming technique is bad.

I having a goal as a great way to swim regularly, so I’ve set myself the target to improve my technique by completing the 2500m challenge in the Swimathon. My father died of cancer and was supported by Marie Curie nurses during his illness, so the charity is close to my heart and Swimathon is a great event to support it.

Also, I’m a mum and work full-time, and I want to show that it’s possible to fit swimming in my busy life.

Follow Tamsyn's Swimathon story on  and on her blog.

Tom Chapman

Distance: 45k

Swimming level: Advanced

Bio: I live a stones throw from the beach in the sunny seaside town of Porthcawl, South Wales.

Almost every day I’m in the water somewhere; the sea, river, the pond or the pool! The last few years I have hit Swimathon pretty hard for some great early season pool training! 2019 is a big year for me, culminating in a English channel solo…so I’m keen to push the pool work in the winter and test myself against the triple 5! I’m really lucky that my local pools have Swimathon sessions on three consecutive weekends so I have a great opportunity to swim quite a few sessions in quite a few pools, with quite a few people! Really looking forward to it!

Follow Tom's Swimathon story on his blog.

Wanda Stockdale 

Distance: Triple 5k

Swimming level: Advanced

Bio: 2019 will be the fourth year I have taken part, in Swimathon. My swimming journey, started in 2015. I worked, on a ward, as a staff nurse, many of my colleagues I experienced backache.

It was only after, I changed jobs, to a less physically demanding one and the pain continued, that I sought advice. It was to transpire, that the many years of  “moving and handling”, had left me with permanent muscle and nerve damage, in my back.

My physiotherapist’s advised that I took up swimming.

I wasn’t able to swim, aside from splashing up with pool, with my head up, as I was too nervous to put my face in the water. So I signed up for swimming lessons, it was to prove to be one of the best things I ever did.

In 2016, I signed up for my first Swimathon, swimming 1.5km, the following year I completed 2.5k. Last year I took part in the 400m, 1.5k and 2.5k events. I also undertook a 600m MySwimathon making it 5k over the weekend. This year I am partaking in the Triple 5k challenge. This is the fulfilment of a personal challenge and goal.

In 2013 I decided to partake in the Great North Run 2014, totally ignoring the fact I couldn’t run, but I wanted to complete a “half marathon”.

However, after speaking to number of people, it became evident, that it would not be a particularly good idea, owing not just to my back problems, but also my arthritis and asthma (which is diagnosed as severe). I gave up on that idea.

However, on commencing swimming lessons, I learnt that 5k is commonly referred to a “half marathon” in swimming terms. This became my new “ultimate goal”. I may not be able to run a half marathon, instead I am going to swim one. This year, 2019, I plan to achieve that goal three times, by partaking in the Triple 5k.

Follow Wanda's Swimathon story on  and on her blog.

Source: https://swimathon.org/about/ambassadors

Join the United In Movement Fitness Challenge For A Cause

Make Swimathon Your First Fitness Challenge Of 2020

This Friday, the CrossFit community is banding together for United in Movement, a fitness challenge created to raise relief funds to support small businesses, gyms, and humanitarian efforts affected by COVID-19.

United In Movement will announce seven workouts in seven days, all to be performed in the comfort of your living room.

Guest appearances from elite athletes and industry leaders across the globe will be coming to you live. Every day at 6 PM ET, tune in to see athletes tackle the daily workout.

Watch the show for more interviews and informative segments, motivating us each to get up and move! 

Check out Armen Hammer's interview with Live & Loud's president Matt O'Keefe on this very unique event.

Here's how you can watch live: According to United In Movement's Instagram, you have two opportunities to tune in as a community and watch together. The first is a 24-hour live stream that starts Friday, April 3 at 8 PM ET and runs through Saturday at 8 PM. The second is a daily Instagram live workout. Make sure to add both to your quarantine watch list!

To be a part of the challenge and compete, see how to move and register to compete here, and donate today.

The 2020 Mayan CrossFit Classic has been postponed. We will keep you posted as soon as we learn of the future dates. You can see the postponement statement here.

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The 2020 Granite Games has been postponed.  More details about the rescheduled event to come.  See the Granite Games postponement statement here.

There has been no bigger situation that has affected the entire world in recent years the COVID-19 pandemic has. The lives of many people throughout the world has been affected because of either social distancing or complete shutdowns, depending on where they live.

The 2020 Madrid CrossFit Championship has been postponed.  More details about the rescheduled event to come.

The 2020 West Coast Classic is postponed due to coronavirus.  See the event's update below:

We’re just a couple weeks away from kicking off the first-ever West Coast Classic. The 3-day fitness festival is set to go down March 20th-22nd in Del-Mar, California, live on FloElite.

The Sanctional schedule takes a new turn on the first weekend of March. There are not one but two competitions taking place this weekend on opposite ends of the globe.

Queensland, Australia, will be hosting the Australian CrossFit Championships while over in Sao Paulo, Brazil, we have the 2020 Brazil CrossFit Championship.

These two events are just as important as any of the others in determining who will be a part of the 2020 CrossFit Games. Here’s what you need to know about both.

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Wodapalooza 2020 is officially a wrap. Let’s talk about what went down on the fourth and final day of competition and who’s walking away with the CrossFit Games invites.

The Elite individuals and teams competed two events on the Sunday. The first event, ‘Down-Up,’ put athletes through a brutal couplet of heavy deadlifts and bar-facing burpees.

The second and final event of the day, ‘Celebrate Life,’ was a chipper that required high-power output and sound strategy. 

Source: https://www.floelite.com/articles/6742434-join-the-united-in-movement-fitness-challenge-for-a-cause

2020 Ambassadors

Make Swimathon Your First Fitness Challenge Of 2020

Challenge: All 5 challenges (400m, 1.5k, 2.5k, 5k and The Triple 5k)

Bio: Hi my name is Wanda, this year will be the fifth time that I have taken part in Swimathon and my third year of being a Swimathon Ambassador. The experience of being an Ambassador doesn’t get any less exciting and is still just as special, each time.

My swimming journey began in 2015, when I started swimming on the advice, following advice from my physiotherapist, after sustaining a back injury. 

Aside from a few lessons, during my primary school years, I’d had only limited opportunities to learn to swim.  My swimming stroke was, up until 2015, limited to splashing down the pool, with my arms flailing.

In 2012, I made the decision to learn to swim. It was to take me, another two years, before I booked my first lesson, on May 8th 2015.

Learning to swim, was to prove, more challenging, than I initially anticipated, but I loved it. 

My mental health benefited, through swimming by helping me to create space to process my day. Swimming has also had significant positive benefit on my physical health, alongside my back injury, I also have osteoarthritis and asthma. Being in the pool, gives me such a sense of freedom.

Eighteen months, after I started swimming, my chest consultant found my lung function to be the best it had been, for 6 years. Something which he believes was attributable to me swimming on a regular basis. In 2019, the positive benefits that swimming has had, on my physical health was highlighted in Swim England’s “Moving Medicine” Campaign and also in their “Value of Swimming” report. 

This year Swimathon have changed their swim hats not only are they, in my opinion, much better quality, but there is now space to write who you are swimming for. So grab a permanent marker and get writing on your swim hat, this year, who you are swimming for.

It maybe for yourself, cake or, as in my case, a loved one. On the Swimathon Ambassador day, I proudly wore my grandad’s name on my hat, my grandad frequently spoke of his love of swimming, in his younger years.

I know that he would have been very proud, that his granddaughter (eventually) has the same love of swimming.

Each year, when I have taken part in Swimathon, I have taken on a bigger challenge than the previous year as I have progressed on my swimming journey. In 2016 I took on the 1.5km, the year after 2.

5km, then in 2018 I swam a total of 5km over the Swimathon weekend.

Last year, I planned to swim 5km, but the lure of the new Triple 5km, was too great and over the space of a week, I completed the Triple 5km.

 So which challenge am I taking on this year? 2020 marks 5 years, since my first adult swimming lesson and the 5th time I have participated in Swimathon, so there was one obvious choice…I am taking on all five Swimathon challenges: 400m, 1.5km, 2.5km, 5km and the Triple 5km.

Laura Jane

Challenge: Triple 5k (twice)!

Bio: Hello! I’m Laura from sunny Worthing, West Sussex. I’m 31 years young and i’m a single working parent. 

I taught myself how to swim just 2 years ago and haven’t had a dry day since! For me, swimming is a way to escape the daily stresses and strains that life can bring. It’s changed my life massively and I am now training to become a swimming teacher. I want to be able to give other adults the opportunity to reap the benefits that swimming has to offer. 

This will be my second Swimathon event and I’m planning to take on the Triple 5K…

twice! Swimathon has absolutely ignited my passion for swimming and has now given me this fantastic opportunity to share my love with the world! Not only is it a highly sociable event but it also provides the ‘feel good factor’.

Whilst promoting good health and well-being we are also fundraising for Marie Curie and Cancer Research, two charities that are very close to many of our hearts – what’s not to love. 

 Prior to last years campaign I created a support group for the Triple 5k participants and it has thrived ever since! 

If you haven’t yet signed up to Swimathon 2020 – what are you waiting for? Jump in and make a splash, you may just surprise yourself! 

Who will you be swimming for? #SwimForyou

Sue Wilson 

Challenge: Triple 5k 

Bio: Hi, I’m Sue. I live in New Malden and swim in my local pool, at the Malden Centre. This year is my third Swimathon and I’m taking on the biggest challenge of all – the Triple 5k.

In my first year I entered as part of a team and last year I pushed myself to complete a solo 5k. I managed this in 2 1/4 hours and felt really proud of myself.

This year is harder as I’ll be doing 5k on the Friday, then one on the Saturday and another on the Sunday. I’m nervous to see how I get on and hopeful that I’ll be able to complete at least one swim in a quicker time than before. 

I’m delighted to be accepted as an Ambassador again, but this year is more special as I’m in an Ambassador team with my daughter, Emily Wilson. She was inspired to do this challenge after seeing my swim last year.

 My love of the water has just grown and grown, I’ve lost over 2 stone in weight and feel fitter and healthier than I’ve felt in a long time.

I now also regularly Open Water swim in the Thames with a fabulous group of people who have become firm friends.

Swimming has done so much to enrich my life and I can honestly say that I’ve never this confident and at ease with myself, my body image and my fitness. 

Swimathon has been a very personal journey for me as I had never completed any physical challenges before.

My aim, as an Ambassador is to try and tell people that you don’t need to be a pro to attempt something this – anyone can have a go whatever your fitness and whatever distance you choose – just get in the water, start swimming and help raise money for these excellent and very important charities!!

Emily Wilson 

Challenge: 5k 

Bio: My name is Emily Wilson, I am 14 years old and am challenging myself to do the 5K swim for my Duke of Edinburgh Silver award. I set out to do 1.5K in the Swimathon last year and pushed myself to do 2.5K, I’d never swum that far before.

As an ambassador I want to raise money for the two charities and encourage lots of people that are around my age to take part. I’m not particularly sporty, so I think if I can do this then anyone can have a go.

I’m training really hard in the pool and at the gym and my swimming is improving.

I was very excited to be able to go the Ambassador training day and meet Olympic Medallist Duncan Goodhew. We had a pool session with Duncan where I learnt a lot and found it fun, he even asked me to demonstrate one of the drills.

My school has been excited that I am taking part and have been selected as an ambassador, I even featured in our end of term assembly. I’m doing this with one of my best friends, Shayda and I hope lots more people will get involved too.

Helen Mbazirra

Challenge: 400m

Bio: I am Helen Mbaziira, a mom of 4 beautiful and multitalented young girls. I just recently learnt to swim as an adult with support from Swim England and the Love Swimming Campaign. Many of you would have seen my story on Swim England social media outlets.

I started my swimming journey on  4th September 2019 with an amazing coach Suzanne Penhale and  fantastic support from Becki Ellis at the GLL Didcot Wave Swimming Pool, and I haven’t looked back.

It is unbelievable how much I have achieved in just 4 months of swimming.

This year, I am taking part in the Swimathon challenge with 3 of my girls and the fourth one as a cheer leader! Our team is called the Didcot Black Marlins.

We are taking on the 1K challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK in memory of my loving mother and my children’s grandma Mrs Alice Kemikyera Twinamatsiko Kanushu (RIP) who passed away on the 6/11/2016, having battled a rare form of urethral cancer.

To support our cause, please visit our Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Helen-Mbaziira. Every little helps!

Source: https://swimathon.org/2020-ambassadors