Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about registration and fundraising:

What percentage of the funds I raise go toward the cost of this event?

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!

Do I have to register in advance to participate?

For safety reasons and space limitations, we strongly encourage all participants, regardless of age, to register online before the events. However, online pre-registration closes at 12pm the Friday before each event and walk-ins are welcome at the registration tent on the morning of the event.

Can I participate in both Against the Tide events? (Hopkinton & Brewster)

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.

Do I have to reserve a kayak in advance?

Out of respect for our generous kayak sponsors and all they do to make this event possible, we must ensure that we only reserve as many kayaks as are needed for the event. At the time of registration, kayak participants will need to make a $20 non-refundable kayak deposit. This $20 deposit will contribute to your $175 fundraising minimum. Kayak participants may bypass this $20 deposit if they bring their own kayaks.

How do I join an Against the Tide team?

Please click here to register with one of the Against the Tide teams.

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.


Questions about the day of the event:

When should I arrive?

Participant registration opens at 7:00 AM at the registration tent on the beachfront. Please bring a valid form of ID. We welcome all walk-in registrations, so if you have a friend who wants to join you, please bring them along.

Where is the event located?

The June 20th event is located at DCR’s Hopkinton State Park in Hopkinton, MA, and the August 15th event is located at DCR’s Nickerson State Park in Brewster, MA. For Directions, please click HERE.

Is there parking?

Yes, there is free parking available at both parks.

Are there bathrooms?

Yes, bathroom facilities are located in both parks right at the swim site.

Will food and water be provided?

A healthy complimentary breakfast is provided! We have bottled water available. Also, there is a water fountain located at the event site.

What if it's raining on the day of the event?

Against the Tide will be held rain or shine!


Questions about event activities:

Can stroller be used on the walk?

The answer is yes to both event locations. DCR’s Nickerson State Park location is stroller and wheelchair accessible, however the road sections do have car traffic so walkers should use caution.

Will kayaks be available for rental?

Participants are also encouraged to bring their own kayaks but 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 under 18 years of age are required to paddle in a tandem kayak with someone over the age of 18.

In the swim component, can I wear a wetsuit/swim fins/water wings?

Wetsuits are allowed in both the competitive and recreational swims. Swim fins are allowed in the recreational swim only. Water wings and other flotation devices are not allowed.

What is the water temperature?

The temperature is typically 70-74 degrees in both the Hopkinton Reservoir and Flax Pond.



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 To learn more about the activities offered at Against the Tide, please click here.