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The annual Winter Swimming Festival at Lake Memphremagog in Newport Vermont

epaselect epa11186265 In a photograph taken with a drone, competitors take part in the 200 meter swim portion of the Annual Winter Swimming Festival at Lake Memphremagog in Newport, Vermont, USA, 23 February 2024 (issued 28 February 2024). Every year for the past decade, dozens of swimmers have braved the frigid waters of Lake Memphremagog, which straddles the border between Canada and the United States, for the annual winter swim festival. This year, over 150 cold water swimmers gathered near the small town of Newport, Vermont in late February to spend four days swimming a variety of events in 25-meter lanes that were cut out of the frozen lake, about 300 meters from the shore. Many of the participants have been cold swimmers for several years, with a number of them having started after indoor pools and social distancing regulations were enacted during the Covid-19 pandemic. Others have found mental help and physical relief from cold swimming. Several swim in cold waters nearly everyday of the year. The event at Lake Memphremagog was created 10 years ago by organizer Phil White. After large sections of ice were cut out of the frozen lake for an ice maze, he was asked what to do about the hole left in the ice. He replied: ?Well, we could go swimming.? Ten years later, what began as a joke has become an annual tradition that attracts hardy swimmers from around the world to Lake Memphremagog. EPA/CJ GUNTHER ATTENTION: This Image is part of a PHOTO SET

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