Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc.

 Against the Tide


Saturday, June 18, 2016 at DCR's Hopkinton State Park in Hopkinton, MA

Saturday, August 20, 2016 at DCR's Nickerson State Park in Brewster, MA


Against the Tide is a family-friendly fundraiser to benefit the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC). MBCC is the only non-profit in the state dedicated to the prevention of breast cancer from environmental causes. The funds raised through Against the Tide help to support and expand our community education program Let’s Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures and the MBCC Research Video Series. We are grateful to all of you who help prioritize breast cancer prevention. Above and beyond your commitment to participate in the Against the Tide event, we hope that you will also fundraise on behalf of MBCC and our important mission to change the legacy of breast cancer for future generations.


This event consists of several different activities. You may participate in up to three (3) of these recreational or competitive activities:

  • 1 mi Competitive Swim
  • 5K Run (USA Track & Field certified)
  • 10K Run (USA Track & Field certified)
  • Aquathon (1 mi competitive swim followed by your choice of 5K or 10K run)
  • 1 mi Recreational  Swim
  • 2 mi Recreational Kayak
  • 3-mile Walk


Minimum Amounts for Participation in Event Activities:

  • One event: Adults $40; Students $25*
  • Two events: Adults $80; Students $50*
  • Three events: Adults $120; Students $75*


Children under 10 years old may participate for free.

We ask that individuals fundraise past these minimum amounts.


*Students: Please email to inquire about the discounted student rate of $25 per student per event activity. Student ID must be shown on the day of the event to qualify for the student discount.


Please note the following:

  • Minimum amount for event participation can be paid online now or online at a later date, or brought on the day of the event.
  • Kayak Participants MUST pay a non-refundable $20 security deposit in advance for the kayak event if choosing to borrow a single or tandem kayak (limited quantities available). This $20 security deposit must be paid at the time of registration to successfully reserve a single or tandem kayak. This $20 will go towards your minimum amount for event participation. For example: for adults, the $20 will go toward the minimum amount of $40 to participate in a single event activity. For students the $20 goes towards the minimum amount of $25 to participate in a single event activity.
  • Aquathon is considered two events, please register as a "Participant in 2 Events" ($80 for adults and $50 for students).
  • Online Registration closes at noon on the Friday before each event. After that time, please join us at the walk-in registration table at the event on Saturday morning. The event will be held rain or shine.


Event Schedule:

7:00AM   -- Registration Opens. Please plan to visit the registration tent at least 1 hour in advance of the first event activity you will be participating in.

8:30AM   -- 1 mile Competitive Swim/Aquathon (1 mile competitive swim followed by your choice of 5K or 10K run)

8:30AM   -- USATF Certified 5K/10K Runs

8:50AM   -- 3 mile Walk

9:45AM   -- 1 mile Recreational Swim

10:45AM  -- 2 mile Kayak

11:30AM  -- Closing Ceremony


Important Information for Kayak Participants:

To borrow one of the limited quantities of single and tandem kayaks, individuals must pay a non-refundable $20 security deposit per person in advance of the event. This $20 will go towards your minimum amount for event participation. For example: for adults, the $20 will go toward the minimum amount of $40 to participate in a single event activity. For students the $20 goes towards the minimum amount of $25 to participate in a single event activity.

Kayaks will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis. The last day to reserve a kayak is Saturday, June 11, 2016 for the Hopkinton event and Saturday, August 13, 2016 for the Brewster event. Minimum age to ride in a single kayak is 13 years old and to ride in a tandem kayak is 5 years old when accompanied by an adult. Parental waiver forms must be signed for children under 18 years old to participate in the kayak event. Parental waiver forms will be available at the registration tent on the day of the event.


Registration is Easy!

Please note that if you are registering others in addition to yourself, you must enter a unique email address for each participant who will be fundraising (if the participant you are registering does not have an email address, please use an email service like Gmail or Hotmail to create an email account before proceeding).


Step 1: Click the green "Start Fundraising" button at the top of this page and select either the Hopkinton or Brewster event.


Step 2:  Click the green "Register" button at the top of the page. If you wish to make a donation, please click the green "Donate" button (you do not need to register to make a donation or pledge).


Step 3:  Register as either a Participant or as a Student Participant for either 1, 2 or 3 events. (You will have a chance to identify which events later in the process).


Step 4:  Create a FirstGiving account. If you already have a First Giving account, please sign in using the email address used to create the account. Forgot your password? Click on the "forgot password" link and First Giving will email you with a prompt to re-set your password.


Step 5: Join or create a team (optional). Please remember each team member will need a unique email address only if they wish to create their own fundraising page.


Step 6:  Provide registrant information and indicate which event(s) you are participating in by checking the corresponding box. If you are participating in the Kayak event, you will also need to indicate whether you plan to borrow a kayak (single or tandem) or whether you plan to bring your own.


Step 7:  Create your fundraising page: add a photo, personalize the text on your page, and tell people why raising money for breast cancer prevention is important to you! (You will be able to update and edit this page later).


Step 8:  The final step offers the option to pay the minimum amount to make a donation to your personal fundraising page for participation in the number of events of your choice. You can choose to donate this amount online to your fundraising page either now or later, or on the day of the event in person. Cash, checks, Visa and/or MasterCard are accepted. (Students: Please  remember to email to inquire about the discounted student rate of $25 per student per event activity.)  When you are finished, email your friends, family, and co-workers to let them know that you are participating in Against the Tide, and watch your donations stream in!


If you would like fundraising tips, please visit here:


Still have questions about how to register? Please view our "How to" video on this page. You may also contact the First Giving Support Team at 877-365-2949 Monday - Friday, 9AM - 5PM, or via email at


Also, please visit the FirstGiving Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), click here.


For further support and general event questions, contact Cheryl Osimo, Executive Director at 508-246-3047 or using the subject line "Against the Tide FirstGiving Support Needed."


Making a pledge is easy!

To make a pledge to an individual or team, click "Fundraisers" on the blue bar at the top of this page. Find the individual or team to whom you would like to make a pledge, and click on the appropriate name. To make your pledge, click the green "donate" button at the top of the page. Checks can also be mailed to the MBCC office and should be made out to Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition. The memo line of the check should specify that the pledge is for ATT and the name of the individual or team that the pledge is for. MBCC's mailing address is Post Office Box 222, Rockland, MA 02370.


For more event information:


The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition is dedicated to preventing environmental causes of breast cancer through community education, research advocacy, and changes to public policy.


Play How to Video: Registering for Against the Tide Events via Firstgiving