Boston Harbor Swim a Huge Success!

The sun was shining and the skies a brilliant blue as over 50 intrepid Team Hydro swimmers, paddlers and volunteers gathered on the Boston waterfront among 390 other swimmers and their families to raise awareness and funds for hydrocephalus research.

Much like the lives of the hydrocephalus patients we seek to honor, the waters of the harbor were filled with unexpected turbulence and challenge for swimmers and paddlers alike. Undaunted however, Team Hydro swimmers raced to the finish, raising loads of awareness and funds for the cause along the way. The team — consisting of folks from all walks of life: MIT swim team members, Harvard med students, nurses, fathers, grandmas, and even a cerebrospinal fluid researcher — made a real impact at the swim answering question after question about the cause which unites them from the large crowd and group of other swimmers at the event. The swimmers also raised funds, helping Team Hydro raise over $51,000 this summer, 100% of which will go directly to support hydrocephalus research!

Team Hydro swimmers demonstrated the depth of their swimming strength as well by finishing strong in the race as well. One swimmer placed 3rd overall in the event of over 350 swimmers (including an Olympian), several other team hydro members stood on the podium in their age groups as well. The Team Hydro crowd on land was medal worthy as well, keeping spirits high and having a great time greeting swimmers at the finish!

Team Hydro is so proud of each and every swimmer, volunteer, and on land supporter– we thank each and every one who joined us today– a great time time in support of a great cause was had by all!!

Team Hydro to Cross the Boston HAHBAH on Saturday!

The Boston Harbor may be best known for an important tea-dumping incident which took place almost 250 years ago, but next Saturday, this very same harbor will be the site of another life-changing event– the TEAM HYDRO SWIM for HYDROCEPHALUS!!

That’s right, on Saturday, October 17, 2016, intrepid swimmers from Team Hydro will once again leap into the frigid waters of the HAHBAH, amidst strong currents, lobster traps, tall ships, and schooners, to swim in support of Hydrocephalus Research!

Hydrocephalus, a life-threatening neurologic condition affecting the brain for which there is NO CURE, affects almost 1 million americans! And yet awareness and research for this devastating condition is severely lacking! Team Hydro is a group of swimmers and on-land supporters seeking to put an end to hydrocephalus by funding important cure-based research! Every penny the TEAM raises will go directly to fund research coordinated through the Hydrocephalus Association, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit.

If you are swimming with us Saturday, remember we will meet at the Team Hydro Area on the grass by the Joseph A Moakley US Couthouse, where the race ends! Race registration is right near by, and it will take place from 9:30-10:30.

The TEAM HYDRO Team Area is the place you will be able to pick up your t-shirt and special TEAM HYDRO SWIM CAP (race-sanctioned especially for our swimmers). We will also have snacks, a place to keep your gear, and will be a place for friends and family to gather as well.

Most importantly, we will be sharing the stories of and handing out special bracelets honoring people who are living with or who have passed from hydrocephalus. We invite all or our swimmers (and on-land supporters too!) to read a story, put on a bracelet, and dedicate your swim (or day) to someone who knows what it is like to face challenges and uncertainty every single day!

See you at the HAHBAH!