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Wolfeboro resident makes FOLA Swim for LWA


September 10, 2020
WOLFEBORO — What's the point?

A 67-and-three-quarters-year-old grandmother is happy to answer this question.

In fact, she'll give you two points. This year she'll tell you Keewaydin Point and Carry Beach in Wolfeboro, because those are the start and finish points of her two-mile swim completed on Tuesday morning, September 1st, and dedicated to the mission of the Lake Winnipesaukee Association (LWA). Ask the LWA the same question, and they'll tell you the point is to Keep Winni Blue!

At approximately 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, Alexis Wallace, grandmother of six, began her FOLA – "Fat Old Lady Athlete" – swim. Wallace, her husband Jeff, and volunteer Doug, took the canoe from her house to Keewaydin Point in Winter Harbor. With air temperatures In the low 60s, Alexis took off for her two-mile swim down to Carry Beach, followed by her husband and the volunteer who patiently paddled alongside her while keeping a watchful eye over the water.



This morning was a typical one for Lake Winnipesaukee: water as clear and still as glass, a slight breeze that rustled the leaves of the vibrant trees, and a sky lit in many colors and painted with clouds. The beauty and simplicity of the lake on mornings like this remind us of how lucky we are to live and recreate here.

Around one and a half hours later, Wallace arrived at her finish line two miles down the shoreline at Carry Beach, marking the accomplishment of her 2020 FOLA Swim. As a member of the LWA, she decided to dedicate her swim to the Lake Winnipesaukee Association's mission to keep Winnipesaukee clean and clear, raising funds for the organization through Facebook and directly on the LWA Web site.

"I am at an age where I care deeply about future generations," stated Wallace. "This is our family's 73rd year on the lake. Currently the fifth generation of our family is enjoying Lake Winnipesaukee, and we want to make sure that the lake quality stays pristine for our children and grandchildren."

You can support this 67-year-old woman's swim to Keep Winni Blue by making a $50 donation to the Lake Winnipesaukee Association. Your donation will give you an automatic one year membership and help the LWA garner another $5,000 in matching funds from a generous donor when they reach 100 new members. Donating is easy, and can be done by clicking the big blue heart on the LWA Web site at https://www.winnipesaukee.org/. For more information on the work of the Lake Winnipesaukee Association, please email mail@winnipesaukee.org or call 581-6632.

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