YMCA of Southern Maine

For a Better Us.™

Peaks to Portland Swim



The money raised for the YMCA Peaks to Portland Swim to Benefit Kids is crucial for the YMCA of Southern Maine to be able to help all kids reach their full potential through programs like swim lessons, summer camp, and child care.  We believe that together we can help all youth reach their full potential!

A 2.4 mile swim from Peaks Island to East End Beach in Portland, we encourage participation from all people ages 16 and older with a variety of fitness levels and competitive experiences.  We encourage anyone who can swim a mile in less than 40 minutes to join us for this unforgettable swim across the shipping channel in Casco Bay to East End Beach!  It will be an open water swim of a life-time and raises money for a great cause!

Race Information

Race Date: July 22, 2017
Race Time: 8:30 am Race Start
Registration Fee:  $125
Fundraising Minimum: $100 Athletes registered must meet this fundraising minimum by August 7th at 5pm otherwise their credit card on file will be charged. Athletes who withdraw from the race prior to May 1st, 2016 at 5pm, will not be responsible for meeting the fundraising minimum of $100. Participants dropping out after May 1st will be required to meet the $100 minimum.
Qualifying Time: Athletes must be able to swim 1 mile in under 40 minutes. Qualifying Time Form is available here.
More Race Details Here.
More Frequently Asked Questions Here.
Questions? Please contact our Race Director, Bob Dunfey at bdunfey@ymcaofsouthernmaine.org


Meet Dizier

Fundraising as a swimmer allows us to continue to help kids like Dizier who lives in the family shelter in Portland. Thanks to the Y, Dizier was able to escape the everyday struggles of the shelter and attend our Otter Pond Outdoor Adventure Camp for free. At camp she was able to be a kid and release the everyday stress that comes with living at the shelter. She made friends and was exposed to new experiences such as archery. Carmen’s mother is thankful for the opportunity for her daughter to attend camp for free and says she’s much more confident and happy as a result.

Thanks to swimmers like you, last year we provided over $1,200,000 in financial assistance for our youth development programs alone. 




*If you would like to sponsor the 2017 YMCA Peaks to Portland event, please contact Sarah Leighton.