First-time Ice Milers, Winter Wonders
First-time Ice Milers, Winter WondersCourtesy of International Ice Swimming Association.
The month of December saw a number of swimmers from the winter swimming and channel swimming community attempt their first Ice Mile – and they were successful.
58-year-old Martha Wood of Manchester-by-the-Sea, New Hampshire [see above] completed her first Ice Mile on December 16th in M Street Beach in Boston in 3.98°C water with a -10.60°C wind chill. She swam 1.12 miles in 31 minutes 18 seconds in the Boston Harbor with Observer Rena Demeo and Witness Elaine Howley.
38-year-old Jessi Harewicz of Vancouver [see above] completed her first Ice Mile on December 18th in Alice Lake, Squamish in her native Canada in 4.53°C water and 5.00°C air. She swam 1.04 miles in 35 minutes 29 seconds with Observer Christine Burns and Witness Jeff Gerelus.
Harewiza was joined by 53-year-old fellow Vancouverite Roberta Cenedese [see photo on left] who completed her first Ice Mile on December 18th in Alice Lake, Squamish in 4.53°C water and 5.00°C air. She swam 1.07 miles in 40 minutes 0 seconds with Observer Colene Bentley and Witness Alysse Leite-Rogers.
On December 6th, there were two American swimmers Marcia Cleveland and 50-year-old Andrew Walberer completed their first Ice Mile in Gillson Beach, Wilmette, Illinois in 4.15°C water and 2.2°C air. Cleveland swam 1.02 miles in 33 minutes 6 seconds while 50-year-old Walberer swam 1.02 miles in 29 minutes 43 seconds.
On the same day high up in the Rocky Mountains, 38-year-old Melissa Kegler also completed her first Ice Mile in Wolcott Lake, Denver in 4.18°C water and 2.22°C air in 40 minutes 42 seconds at 1,681 meters in altitude [see photo on left].
For more information about all things ice swimming and the complete list of 564 successful Ice Miles in history as well as ice swimming national and international championships and myriad records in The Ice, visit www.internationaliceswimming.com.
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