Phil White organizes some pretty epic events way up in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. I heard about the Memphremagog Winter Swim last year and really wanted to photograph it as part of my New England Winter Games project. Everyone was smiling before they went in the water and there was a great culture and community feel to it, even with an international group of swimmers. Such a fun day to be a photographer.
The lake, which is mostly in Quebec, allegedly has a serpent which has been sited occasionally for the past 200 years.
White puts on events to help bring tourists to the area throughout the year. He had a setback this January when his truck went through the ice while plowing for the speed skating marathon. The truck was named Rolling Thunder and White escaped without injuries.
Volunteers helped keep the water moving in between races to prevent ice from forming: