If you happened to be at Whiteface Mountain on Sunday, you’d have met a lot of people with “interesting” costumes. Spiderman was there. And Superman, Real Grouchy, Batman, a white tiger and some more… This was because of the International Pond Skimming Contest.
The idea is very simple: Think you can make it across a sea of slush? Many have tried and almost as many have failed but crossing the pond isn’t the only way to win. Contestants are judged on distance, splash and costume! Yes, there is also a jury handing notes, as in an international skating competition.
In a field of more than 90 contestants, only a handful made it to the other side. Most fell short, some making the plunge and the others doing face plants in chilly water. One even tried it on a bike. Enough said!