LifeFlight’s Northport to Islesboro open-water swim fundraiser will be held virtually this year between Saturday, August 1, and Sunday, August 16. Participants are invited to create their own crossing for the newly dubbed iX2020.

Historically the “I” in IX stood for Islesboro, but this year it’s about individuals and small groups swimming and paddling across bodies of water everywhere in Maine to support LifeFlight. Much as LifeFlight connects patients from every corner of the state to the critical care they need, iX2020 aims to connect the corners of Maine through hundreds of individual crossings. Individuals and small groups may swim and paddle across bodies of water everywhere in Maine to support LifeFlight, the state’s only emergency medical helicopter service. One goal for this year’s event is to track at least one crossing in each of Maine’s 16 counties; another is to see how many total miles are crossed by all participants.

This year’s event does not have a minimum fundraising requirement to participate. For more information, to register or to make a donation, visit

Corporate sponsors are sought; for more information, email Anna Dugal at

LifeFlight of Maine is an independent, nonprofit air medical and critical care transport organization that brings critical care staff and equipment directly to patients by helicopter, airplane and ground ambulance. It also provides advanced emergency medical training to Maine’s hospitals, emergency medical services and public safety agencies. Since its inception in 1998, LifeFlight has transported more than 29,000 patients from every hospital in the state and nearly all of Maine’s communities and islands.

For more information, visit or call 230-7092.