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Swim the States: Spring 2021

We've taken matters into our own hands to help you "travel" across the United States this semester... and earn gear while doing it! 

Following the schedule of Virginia Tech's five single spring break days, each participant must swim to a "checkpoint” by each spring break day as represented by a US city until they reach San Francisco on the final day of classes.

Roughly three weeks stand between each spring break day, so participants must swim the number of miles it takes to get to the checkpoint. A conversion (explained below) is in place so that your minutes swam multiply and convert to accumulated miles. 

The goal of the Swim the States is to make it to San Francisco on time for the end of the school year.

How to Participate

Click here to log your activity! No pre-registration is required, just keep your progress up to date as you swim. 

Checkpoints, Conversions, and Prizes

February 5

  • City: Louisville, KY
  • Time Between Checkpoints: 18 days
  • Mileage: 384
  • Conversion: 1 minute = 2 miles
  • Total Minutes: 192
  • Prizes for Completion: Hokie Movement Sticker + Entry into big prize*

February 25

  • City: St. Louis, MO
  • Time Between Checkpoints: 20 days
  • Mileage: 260
  • Conversion: 1 minute = 2 miles
  • Total Minutes: 130
  • Prizes for Completion: Chapstick + entry into big prize*

March 17 - Halfway!

  • City: Wichita, KS
  • Time Between Checkpoints: 20 days
  • Mileage: 442
  • Conversion: 1 minute = 2 miles
  • Total Minutes: 221
  • Prizes for Completion: Hokie Movement T-shirt + Entry into big prize*

April 6

  • City: Denver, CO
  • Time Between Checkpoints: 20 days
  • Mileage: 520
  • Conversion: 1 minute = 2 miles
  • Total Minutes: 260
  • Prizes for Completion: Water bottle + Entry into big prize*

April 26

  • City: Las Vegas, NV
  • Time Between Checkpoints: 20 days
  • Mileage: 749
  • Conversion: 1 minute = 3 miles
  • Total Minutes: 250
  • Prizes for Completion: Rec Sports notepad + Entry into big prize*

May 5

  • City: San Francisco, CA
  • Time Between Checkpoints: 9 days
  • Mileage: 569
  • Conversion: 1 minute = 4 miles
  • Total Minutes: 142
  • Prizes for Completion: Commemorative Swim the States apparel + Entry into big prize*

*Prizes will be distributed as supplies last.

*Big Prizes include the winners' choice of:

  • Pair of goggles
  • Kickboard
  • Swimsuit
  • Pull Buoy