Islesboro Crossing for LifeFlight 2020
A 5K swim in West Penobscot Bay from Northport to Islesboro
Sunday, August 16, 2020
We're moving ahead with IX2020 as we keep a close eye on COVID-19
As the far-reaching coronavirus outbreak continues to dominate the news and disrupt our lives, we wanted you to know what LifeFlight is doing in response, as well as our thoughts on this year's Crossing.
LifeFlight is supporting our EMS and hospital partners across the state in caring for and transporting critically ill patients, some of whom are in respiratory distress. We're also working daily with colleagues across the country and the world to refine best practice and ensure we're following the latest science-based guidance on how to care for and transfer patients with COVID-19.
We are grateful to all of our swimmers, paddlers, volunteers and sponsors who, over the years, have helped to raise more than $1.7 million to support LifeFlight. Because of this support, we are here today and able to provide critical services during this incredibly difficult time.
While the Islesboro Crossing is still 5 months away, the events team is monitoring the status of COVID-19 abroad, in the U.S. and locally. We are making plans and decisions as new information is released. We are in contact with local health department officials regarding best practices for mass participation events amid the uncertainty of the coronavirus. In the coming weeks and months we will make decisions based on science and data-driven information provided by health officials. With their support, we will explore our options and keep you updated on a regular basis. While we are planning for contingencies and evaluating options, we have not made any plans to postpone the event. Look for updates right here, as well as on the Islesboro Crossing social media pages.
In this time of uncertainty and concern, community is more important than ever and we’re reminded just how special the Islesboro Crossing community is in particular. The good news is that people in Maine are known for their community-mindedness and willingness to lend a hand. We’re lucky in our line of work to see first-hand just how often Mainers are ready to jump in and help. Dealing with COVID-19 and its societal effects is going to require teamwork. We’ll need to rely on each other and all of our communities will be important partners as we address the needs of the larger community.
Now in its eighth year, the Islesboro Crossing attracts swimmers from across the country to raise funds for LifeFlight of Maine, a nonprofit organization and the state's only emergency medical helicopter service.
This 5K swim across West Penobscot Bay from Point Lookout Resort on the mainland to the island community of Islesboro illustrates the challenge of providing emergency medical care to Maine's remote communities, including those bound by water.
With a heartwarming spirit, inspiring stories and a hero's welcome on Islesboro, it's easy to understand why this event has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception. A dinner for swimmers the night before, food and drink at the finish, great swag, excellent fundraising incentives and other perks round out this first class event.
All proceeds benefit LifeFlight of Maine
Swimming from Northport to Islesboro is no small feat. But bringing emergency medical services to Maine islands is an effort of huge proportions. LifeFlight of Maine is a nonprofit charity organization. We rely on private donations from individuals, corporations and foundations to purchase state-of-the-art medical equipment and emergency medical aircraft. The swimmers who take on this challenge, and the sponsors who support them, make it possible for LifeFlight to serve these islands and the many other rural parts of the state.
Sponsorships ranging from $500 to $20,000 are available and offer excellent promotional opportunities for participating businesses. For more information, please contact Anna Dugal at the LifeFlight Foundation at email@example.com or 207-230-7092.