Frequently Asked Questions
What Percentage of the Funds I Raise Goes Toward the Cost of this Event?
Please note that because of the generosity of our wonderful sponsors, the cost of our event is 100% covered. Every dollar you raise goes to MBCC’s work toward breast cancer prevention!
Can I Participate in Both the Hopkinton and Cape Cod Events?
Yes, you may participate in both events. However you must register and commit to the $175 contribution for each event. At each Against the Tide event day, participants can choose to enter one or more of the offered swim, walk, run, and kayak activities.
How do I join an Against the Tide team?
Please click here to learn more about registering to participate on a team.
Do I Have to Register in Advance to Participate in Against the Tide?
All participants, regardless of age, are asked to register before June 20th for the Hopkinton event and by August 15th for the Cape Cod event. For safety reasons and space limitations, we strongly encourage all participants to pre-register, however walk-ins are welcome.
What if it’s Raining on the Day of the Event?
Against the Tide will be held rain or shine. If it’s thundering, the event will be held after the storm has passed.
How do I get pledges to raise the $175 fundraising minimum?
For step-by-step instructions, please click here. Once you create a fundraising page, you can invite people to visit that fundraising page and make secure donations directly through the site. Please click here to learn more about registration.
What is a Designated Participant?
A Designated participant is someone who participates on behalf of a group of friends, family members or co-workers. The other group members participate by helping the participant raise money by collecting pledges on her/his behalf.
Is There a Time Limit for the Competitive Swim?
The competitive swim is only open to swimmers who are able to swim a 1 mile swim in 30 minutes or less.
What are the Routes for the Event Activities?
Click here for maps of the swim, walk, run, and kayak routes in Hopkinton and in Brewster.
When Should I Arrive and Register?
If you are participating in an event that is later in the morning, you do not have to register until 1 hour beforehand.
Will Food and Water Be Provided at the Event?
A healthy complimentary breakfast is provided! We have bottled water available. Also, there is a water fountain located at the event site.
Can Strollers Be Used on the Walk Trail?
The answer is yes to both event locations. DCR’s Nickerson State Park location is stroller accessible, however the road sections do have car traffic, so walkers must use caution.
Can I Wear Swim Fins?
Yes, if you are participating in the fitness/recreational swim. No, if you are participating in the competitive swim. Water wings and other flotation devices are not allowed.
Can I Wear a Wet Suit?
Yes, wet suits are allowed.
What Can We Expect the Water Temperature To Be?
The water temperature in Hopkinton Reservoir and in Flax Pond is typically 70-74 degrees.
Are There Bathroom Facilities at the State Parks?
Yes, bathroom facilities are located in both parks right at the swim site.
Will there be kayaks available for rental?
A limited number of kayaks will be provided the day of the event from our generous sponsors, Boating in Boston and Goose Hummock, free of charge. To ensure that you will have a kayak to use, please reserve a kayak when you register for the event here. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own kayaks. Participants under 18 years of age are required to paddle in a tandem kayak with someone over the age of 18.
Do I have to make a pledge online?
If you don’t want to make a pledge online, you can send a check to the MBCC office. Make sure you specify to which team your donation should be directed. Checks should be sent to the MBCC office.
Where Can I Get More Information?
If you can’t find the answer to your questions right here on our website, you can contact Cheryl Osimo at 508-246-3047 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the activities offered at Against the Tide, please click here.