NEWPORT — Four septuagenarian women will be among the 90 winter swimmers participating in this year’s Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival on February 29 and March 1.
They will be swimming in a 25-meter, two-lane pool cut in the ice near the EastSide Restaurant in Newport.
Water temperatures typically run about 30.5 F and air temperatures during the swims in previous years have ranged from -10 F to 30 F.
Ginny Peck, age 76, of North Woodstock, NH, will be swimming in her fourth festival.
Local, Pam Ladds, of Newport, just turned 70 and will be swimming in her third festival.
Sharon Purdy, of Toronto, ON, also 70, swam last year for the first time.
New this year, will be Anne Coen, 77, of Canton, Ohio.
She is a member of a six-person team, “The Buckeye Bluetits,” who will be traveling to the Festival from Ohio for the very first time.
The Winter Swim Festival is now in its sixth year.
Each year it has grown, with this year participants coming from 18 states, 2 Canadian provinces, and Ireland.
Online registration is still open but will close on February 15, 2020.
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