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Islesboro Crossing

IX2018 was a stunning success! Thank you!

When we reached our goal of $300,000, we were so grateful for the collective effort of dedicated swimmers, paddlers, volunteers, community-minded sponsors and generous donors. When we flew past $400,000, we were awed and amazed by what could be accomplished when people join forces to make something big happen. But over a HALF MILLION DOLLARS? There are just no words! We are humbled. Thank you from all of us at LifeFlight!

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, August 18th, 2019. Registration for those who participated in IX2018 opens February 1st, 2019 (and February 15 for the general public).

AND THE WINNERS ARE... It’s time to announce the top individual fundraisers and the top teams (as of August 19). Drum roll please...

Top Individuals: Dinner with John Travolta in December 2018

1. Sheryl Tishman 

2. Wade Smith

3. Lori Beth Schwartz

4. Shane Flynn

Top Teams

1. Port Clyde Helicopter Mamas

2. Team Islesboro

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who was part of this incredible team effort!

Why We're Crossing

Swimmers, paddlers and volunteers join forces each year to raise funds for Maine's only emergency medical helicopter service. In 2018, 136 swimmers and their paddlers crossed the bay and along with scores of volunteers raised over $518,000 for LifeFlight!

An open water swim across Penobscot Bay, the Islesboro Crossing attracts swimmers from across the country to raise funds for LifeFlight of Maine, a nonprofit organization. Whether you're swimming, paddling, volunteering, sponsoring or donating, this fundraiser will challenge and inspire you. This heartwarming event offers team spirit, inspiring stories, and a hero's welcome on Islesboro, including a flyover salute from the LifeFlight helicopter.

At LifeFlight, we believe that everyone in Maine has the right to lifesaving critical care, and we know that every minute counts.  With more than one million people spread across a vast state, providing critical care transport is an expensive proposition. When we all work together, however, we can bridge the miles to save lives. You have helped us to bridge the miles!

Because of your work and dedication, we’ve moved even closer to our goal of purchasing two new helicopters to replace our oldest models, Echo Mike and Charlie Mike. That means you are helping even more people in Maine (residents and visitors alike) get the critical care and transport they need, when they need it.


Epic Scenery
The cool, clean waters of Penobscot Bay. The welcome of an island community that knows what it means to need LifeFlight.

We take care of you
A delicious dinner the night before, treats in the morning, and a hero's welcome at the finish.

A personal experience
It's what you make it. Whether you're super speedy and swimming for time, or in it for the emotional challenge, it's a rewarding experience for all.

A powerful community
Join 150 swimmers from the islands, the mainland, throughout New England, and across the nation.

Swim with LifeFlight patients and their friends and family members. Meet the LifeFlight crew.

Direct impact
Your swim saves lives. Funds from the 2018 and 2019 events will help purchase two new helicopters to replace the two that have served the people of Maine for the last 14 years.