September 12, 2020
8 a.m. Ohio Street Beach, Chicago, Illinois
COVID-19 UPDATE (7/13/2020)

As previously reported and feared, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Big Shoulders 2020.  As always, our primary goal in our decision making is your safety.  We cannot be sure of putting on a safe event, and felt that we had no choice but to cancel.  

As you know, our standard policy as a not-for-profit whose proceeds go to benefit charity, is no refunds.  However, this year is clearly different, and we made our decision early enough to avoid the standard sunk costs that would preclude refunds.  

If you registered, you should have received an email offering 3 choices:  

1) you may request a refund (less any costs incurred to our credit card processor and online registration vendor).

2) you may defer your registration to Big Shoulders 2021, and you will be automatically registered for that event.

3) you may donate your registration to benefit the UIC Men's and Women's Swim Teams, and receive a GUARANTEED REGISTRATION SLOT FOR 2021.

Please use the form you were sent to let us know of your choice. If you did not receive the email, you make make your selection here, or let us know, and we will send it to you directly. If you do nothing, your 2020 registration will be rolled over to 2021 and you will be automatically registered for 2021. (Note, if you registered as a USMS swimmer for 2020, you must be a USMS registered swimmer for 2021).

In the meantime, we hope you have found somewhere to swim safely, or some other form of exercise and/or distraction to keep you sane.

Hang in there, and know that one day we will be back together again, swimming in Lake Michigan, gazing up at the skyline, and smiling!