BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island YMCA Sharks swim team will dive into ‘Shark Infested Waters’ on Sunday, Feb. 5, for the annual Aquathon.
The Aquathon is a pledge event to help defray the cost of the swim team. Last year’s event raised a little over $24,000 that was used to keep the cost of the program low and to provide scholarships for some members of the team.
The Aquathon is open to all Shark swimmers and also to any member of the community who would like to participate in the event. Shark swimmers and other participants will be asking for donations during the coming weeks. Donations can either be for a set amount or a pledge per lap.
Each swimmer has 1.5 hours to complete their laps up to a 200-lap maximum. The members of the swim team have been given a realistic goal by the Shark coaching staff that shows how many laps each swimmer will complete in the allotted time.
Pledge sheets and informational flyers are available at the YMCA for any member of the community who would like to help the Sharks and their cause. If a community member raises $25 or more, they will receive the treasured “I Survived Shark Infested Waters” t-shirt. Other prizes are available for participants who raise larger sums of money.
The event will be held at the YMCA pool on Feb. 5 (Super Bowl Sunday) from 7:30 to 1:30 p.m. There is a signup board at the Lenny DeMuro Swimming Pool for participants to register for a block of time. Participants who cannot make it at that time are welcome to do their laps during the many lap swims held at the Y pool until February 20.
The Sharks Swim Team placed second for the sixth time in the last eight years at the Maine YMCA State Meet and fourth at the Maine Winter Championships.
With the support of the island businesses and residents, the Sharks have been a valuable asset to the youth of the island for the past 40 years. So please help out when a Shark swimmer or other community member comes asking for a donation.
If you would like to donate on your own or for more information on the Aqua-thon, please call coach Jim Willis at 288-3511. “The Sharks would like to thank any past, present or future donators to the Aqua-thon, because without your help, the program would not succeed,” Willis said.