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Registration & Qualification

Registration & Qualification

Thank you for your interest in joining with us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Swimmers will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis for the 68 relay positions of the Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Swim, once registration opens at 9:00 a.m. EDT on June 10, 2024 


Four slots will be immediately available in 16 of the 17 swim stages.  The permit is still pending for stage 1 and can only be waitlisted at this time.  You may waitlist stage 1 for FREE while registering for another stage to be sure you get in the event.  If stage 1 is your preference, and if you are accepted off the waitlist after permit approval, we will make the transfer for you and settle any difference in entry fees.      


Swimmers may register for any number of stages and may also register additional swimmers (on a single credit card).  If registering additional swimmers, please enter THEIR email, phone, and address so we may contact them directly.

Swimmers registering for a swim stage that is sold out will be added to a waitlist for that particular stage.  You may join the waitlist for as many stages as desired.  If you are registered for another stage, and one of your waitlisted preferences becomes available to you, we will make the transfer for you and settle any difference in entry fees.  Replacement swimmers (if needed) will always be summoned from a waitlist on a first-come-first-served basis. 

As a condition of your acceptance to participate, you must commit to being on-site and ready to swim on a scheduled off day occurring both before and after your targeted swim date.  This is a 3-day commitment, except for Stage 1 and Stage 17 (the first and last stages), which are 2-day commitmentsSee Schedule.


This is a historical experience, not a race, and swimmers of all levels are welcome! 

We only ask that applicants can swim at least 1 mile continuously before resting.  When registering, we will ask you your time for swimming a mile in a pool.  If we estimate that the combined times for a stage's foursome would likely make for a longer time on the water than would be prudent, we reserve the right to refund an entry fee to a slower swimmer in favor of a faster swimmer on the waitlist.  While we anticipate and hope this will not happen, this scenario is a little more likely for the longer swim stages.  NOTE:  Swimmers are NOT required to cover 1 mile in their 30-minute intervals during the event.   

Minors (age 17 and under) must be registered by a parent or adult guardian who is also registered to swim in their foursome.



Thank you for helping to preserve the Whitefish Point Lighthouse, which safeguards mariners along Lake Superior's "Shipwreck Coast!"

Each swimmer will be asked to raise a minimum of $2,500 USD for the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) organization, who will be in charge of the preservation project.  All funds raised go directly to the charity and are 100% tax deductible.  (Entry fees go to Event Marketing Enterprises to manage the event and are not tax deductible).

When registering on the RunSignUp platform, you will set up your own online fundraising page that may be shared with all your potential donors for easy credit card payments.  We encourage you also to share this website for building enthusiasm among your supporters!  


The official fundraising campaign opens on October 15, 2024, but you may begin fundraising immediately following registration to get a head start on the game. 

Top fundraisers will receive special awards and honors in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary Edmund

Fitzgerald Memorial Event, held at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum on November 10, 2025!  Details will be released soon, so stay tuned.  We are excited to tell you about it!


To keep fundraising on track, swimmers will be asked to meet four bimonthly fundraising milestones over an 8-month fundraising campaign.  Unfortunately, if a swimmer does not meet their minimum fundraising milestone by the deadline, they will be replaced by a swimmer from the waitlist.  Following is the fundraising schedule.  

  • Fundraising campaign opens on OCTOBER 15, 2024

  • $625 raised by DECEMBER 15, 2024 

  • $1,250 raised by FEBRUARY 15, 2025

  • $1,875 raised by APRIL 15, 2025

  • $2,500 raised by JUNE 15, 2025     

IMPORTANT:  If registering for more than one stage, please note that your minimum fundraising commitment will be $2,500 for EACH stage.  We will adjust your online fundraising page to reflect the total after you register and the above fundraising milestones will be adjusted accordingly.    

Entry Fees

Entry Fees

Entry Fees range from $500 to $2,000 USD and vary depending on the stage.  The majority of the entry fees are $750.  The entry fee for each swim stage is listed below.

STAGE 1Edmund Fitzgerald Wreck Site -  $2,000 - May waitlist only at this time (until permit approval).  

STAGE 2Whitefish Bay Crossing -  $1,500                      

STAGE 3:  Sault Ste. Marie / Soo Locks$1,500                                                 

STAGE 4Upper St. Mary's River -  $750                                                                                                      

STAGE 5:  Lower St. Mary's River -  $750                                                                                                          

STAGE 6 Lake Huron Crossing -  $1,750                                                                                                        

STAGE 7:  40-Mile Point - Presque Isle -  $750                                                                                         

STAGE 8:  Presque Isle - Thunder Bay Island -  $750                                                                  

STAGE 9 Thunder Bay Crossing -  $750                                                                                                        

STAGE 10 Sturgeon Point - Au Sable -  $750                                                                                          

STAGE 11 Saginaw Bay Crossing -  $1,500                                                                                     

STAGE 12:  Grindstone City - Harbor Beach -  $750                                                                       

STAGE 13 Harbor Beach - Forester / Port Sanilac -  $750                                                                     

STAGE 14:  Forester / Port Sanilac - Lexington -  $500                                                                              

STAGE 15:  Lexington - Port Huron -  $750                                                                                              

STAGE 16:  St. Clair River -  $1,500                                                                                                            

STAGE 17:  Lake St. Clair Crossing -  $2,000                                                                                                 

Refunds & Replacement Swimmers

Refunds & Replacement Swimmers 

Prior to the start of the fundraising campaign, entry fees are refundable, provided a replacement swimmer from the waitlist is secured by the event.

During the fundraising campaign, entry fees are refundable if the swimmer has met their next minimum fundraising milestone for the current 2-month fundraising period in which they opt out, and provided a replacement swimmer from the waitlist is secured by the event.  In this scenario, the replacement swimmer from the waitlist will pay an entry fee and the original swimmer’s entry fee will be refunded.  If the original swimmer is short in reaching their  fundraising milestone, and does not pay the difference out of pocket themselves (to get their entry fee refunded), the replacement swimmer will pay the fundraising shortfall out of pocket in lieu of an entry fee. 

In any of the above scenarios, the replacement swimmer will be responsible for meeting fundraising milestones going forward (adding to the total raised by the original swimmer). 

Following the fundraising campaign, and during the event, a replacement swimmer will simply pay an entry fee with no fundraising requirement (as the minimum fundraising goal has already been met by the original swimmer).  The original swimmer’s entry fee is refunded after the event. 

In the unlikely event the entire swim is cancelled, entry fees are refundable.

RunSignUp registration processing fees and fundraising revenue ARE NOT refundable in any scenario.

PLEASE NOTE:  When registering, you will be given the opportunity to purchase event insurance through FanShield.  Having this coverage will refund your entire entry fee, including the RunSignUp processing fee, if you should have to opt out for any of the 18 covered reasons.

We encourage you to recruit other swimmers

you would like to team with in your foursome,

and be ready to push the button below at 

9:00 a.m. EDT on June 10, 2024!

Good luck and keep your fin up!

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