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Islesboro Crossing

IX2018 was a stunning success! Our swimmers, paddlers, and volunteers raised more than $500,000!

We've set our sights on $600,000 for IX2019. Join us on Sunday, August 18 for another incredible event!

Now in its seventh 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.

Registration for those who participated in IX2018 opens February 1st, and February 15th for the general public.

Why We're Crossing

Swimmers, paddlers and volunteers join forces each year to raise funds for Maine's only emergency medical helicopter service. 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.

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
Dinner the night before, continental breakfast (with protein) 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 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.


2019 Sponsors