Warm day, cool fundraiser: Brigantine Polar Bear Plunge

Jan 03, 2017, 02:34
Warm day, cool fundraiser: Brigantine Polar Bear Plunge

Guests came together for the third annual New Year's Day Polar Bear Plunge Brunch. This year, the water was ice-free, and the temperature a balmy 37 degrees for the event.

It's a short event, often lasting less than 30 seconds but some fearless souls took more time, diving in and giving the old year a complete rinse out and the new year a cool start.

Hundreds of polar plungers of all ages lined the shore as the countdown began.

"I couldn't refuse", said Rossel as she sat shivering and giddy on the beach at Lakeside Park after the ill-advised dip.

Organized Polar Bear plunges have been going on for a long time. He's doing it for a good cause.

However, the turnout didn't seem to suffer too much from the poor conditions, with about 70 people fighting the rain, and ice to take the dip.

1, 2017 marks 38 years since John Pentland and Chris Arcari shook hands, dressed as Santa Claus and Rudolph and plunged into English Bay as part of the annual Vancouver Polar Bear Swim.

"It's time for starting the New Year off right", he said.

Two of the younger swimmers, Geneva Kelleher, 7, and Elizabeth Curry, 6, were quick to bundle up to counteract their chattering teeth after running out of the Atlantic.

"I'm freezing, but exhilarated", McCoy said.

Kids, adults and grandparents lined up by the pool at the Redding Aquatic Center Sunday afternoon to compete in the 50 Meter Plunge and Polar Bear Splash.

The Lynn event was organized by George and Stephanie Sonia, and Patricia, Mario and Nicholas Capano.

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