Throughout the month January, the Woodloch Springs Sports Complex will host the Hope Floats Swim-a-thon to raise money for BK Hope Cures.

BK Hope Cures was established by Bob Kiesendahl (BK), a leukemia survivor and recent recipient of the Lance Armstrong Foundation LIVESTRONG Challenge Survivorship Award. The organization’s mission is to raise awareness and funds in the fight against cancer. Over $9,000 was raised through last year’s Swim-a-thon event.

The Swim-a-thon will be open to Sports Complex members as well as non-members from the local community. Swimmers will compete to swim the most laps in order to raise money for the charities. Non-members are eligible to partake in this effort by obtaining at least three sponsors at $0.10 per lap. This allows them free access to the pool facility for the entire month of January. Participants will also have the opportunity to earn money through a variety of 45-minute water aerobics classes. These are each worth 22 laps or one-half mile. 

This year, a team competition is being added to the Swim-a-thon. Teams of four will compete, and the top three swimmer’s laps weekly will count towards the total. Children ages 5-10 are also eligible to participate if they obtain one sponsor at $0.10 per lap. The width, rather than the length, of the pool will count as one lap for them.

Gift certificates to Woodloch Pines, Woodloch Springs, the Boathouse, and Woodloch Springs Sports Complex will also be awarded weekly to the most active participants.

Additionally, prizes will be given to those raising the most money each week. Current Sports Complex members who earn more than $350 for the cause will receive a $50 credit to Woodloch; non-members will receive a free one-month membership when they purchase a six-month or one-year Sports Complex membership.

The two individual grand prizes winners will each receive a bed and breakfast package for two at Woodloch Pines. The two team competition winners will each get to choose between a day package for four at Woodloch Pines or a spa day at The Lodge at Woodloch.

The Swim-a-thon promotes Woodloch’s ongoing tradition of hospitality and togetherness by teaming people up to support an important cause. By allowing participants free pool access at the Sports Complex, individuals will also be working towards improving their overall health in a fun and encouraging environment.

We look forward to a very successful Swim-a-thon this year! For more information on participation or to donate to the cause, please visit:

Poconos charities