May 012016

It’s May so it must be Check-off Challenge time! Every year in May, our team takes on the USMS  “Check-Off Challenge” in a different fashion than most teams. We’re NUTS after all, right? Instead of spreading it out over the year, we NUTS challenge ourselves to do this in one workout…or perhaps in two workouts…or, ok let’s get real here, some of us spread it out over the entire month of May. And yes, we wear equipment, take breaks, fudge our fly, and do anything we want to survive this challenge.

Whatever your choice, one workout or one month, this year we’d like to do this for a cause. As many of you know, there are several members of our team who have battled cancer (over 10% of our team) or even those of us whose lives have been touched by cancer with our friends, family members and co-workers.

So we thought this year that taking on the Check Off Challenge could help others take on their fight with cancer. While there is no obligation, we’d love for as many of you as possible to commit to doing the Check Off Challenge this year and join our friends at Swim Across America (SAA) to help raise funds for cancer treatment and cancer research. All of our donations will be added to the SAA San Francisco swim which benefits UCSF Children’s Hospital in San Francisco and USCF Pediatric Cancer Research at Oakland.

Our Swim Across America donation site is: and it looks like this screen shot below. Important! When you click the Donate button on the main page it takes you to the next page. There, click the link which says or click here to give directly. Don’t bother putting in any names!

SAA Swymnuts

Make a bet with your family and friends on what you’ll do and how you might accomplish the Challenge. You win the bet – they donate. They win the bet – you donate. Or heck, just donate even if there is not a snowball’s chance in heck of you doing the Challenge. 😇

Our coaches will be equipped with cards to give you listing the 18-events for you to track your swims. You can choose to do those events in a series of practices or come to the following practices dedicated solely to the Checkoff Challenge.

  • Lucas Valley – Saturday, 5-21 from 6:30AM-8:30AM
  • IVC – Saturday, 5-28 from 10:00AM-12:00PM
  • IVC – Monday, 5-30 from 7:00AM-9:00A

Let’s do it for everyone out there who has been impacted by any form of cancer. Cancer sucks and we need to hit back hard!

For those interested, you can enter the USMS event online using this link. Why do so? Well, for $30, you get a custom-designed Check-Off Challenge towel and swim cap with the below logo, and a certificate of completion for slogging it out. Heck, why not go for the gusto?


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