Thank you to all of the amazing participants swimming, paddling and crossing their way across Maine and beyond!
View the crossing celebration
Participants (swimmers, paddlers, sailors, bikers, runners and more) completed their crossings all across Maine (not to mention Lake Michigan, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Illinois, Delaware, Florida and other locations). To view the event and all the crossings, visit the event tracking website!
With the health and wellbeing of our athletes, volunteers and the entire Islesboro community at the top of our minds, LifeFlight of Maine has made the difficult decision to hold a virtual iX2020 to replace the annual in-person Islesboro Crossing.
We know that the thousands of people who have supported LifeFlight through the Islesboro Crossing still want to make a difference, especially today. We’re pleased to announce the physical distancing version of the Islesboro Crossing: iX2020 (note the lower case i… more on that later)!
First, and most importantly, the event will be virtual. What does this mean to you? Primarily, this means we will not see the hundreds of swimmers, paddlers and volunteers together in Northport and Islesboro this August. How and where you cross is up to you! We’re also opening the event to paddlers in addition to swimmers – you can cross in the water or on the water. Each participant will have from August 1 to August 16 to complete his or her crossing.
In the coming days and weeks we’ll update this website and share more information on event logistics; ways to train and stay active as you prepare for your crossing; and the technology you will use to share your accomplishments. By August, we will all be experts at this new world of online community-building! For now, we do have additional information included in the virtual announcement:
We wish everyone well during these trying times. Keep training whether that be running, biking, hiking or even swimming (safely and at a distance). The outdoors is still a good place to spend time and recharge your mental and physical batteries. We look forward to providing an amazing iX2020 event experience in August.
Why We're Crossing
Swimming and paddling in the beautiful state of Maine is an especially enjoyable way to raise funds for LifeFlight, a nonprofit organization and the state's only emergency medical helicopter service. Whether you're swimming, paddling, 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.
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. We've purchased specialized medical equipment designed specifically to take care of seriously ill patients in the transport environment. We've offered advanced clinical training and education to emergency medical providers across the state. All of that means you're helping even more people in Maine (residents and visitors alike) get the critical care and transport they need, when they need it.