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Oct. 19, 2018
5:06 am


A frosty 20th Polar Bear Plunge

By Jane Harrison

A New Year’s Day tradition got a frigid return on Lake Lanier as about 30 courageous celebrants plunged in. Participants in the 20th Polar Bear Plunge leaped from the dock behind the Lake Lanier Olympic Park boathouse into water that was actually warmer than the outside air. But, you’d never guess that from the looks on their faces when their heads popped up from the surface.

The lake temperature in the low 50s did not provide any relief from jumpers’ dockside jitters as they waited in 30 degree air. About a dozen folks who registered for the event chickened out and stayed home. Event sponsor, Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club, brought it back this year after they cancelled it in 2017 due to low lake level.

The costume contest winner, Tom Diaz, was appropriately attired as a penguin.

Other winners included Joshua Burchardt, Best Jump; Cody Hicks, Best Splash; James Isler, Oldest Jumper; James Hughes, Youngest Jumper; and George Wangemann, Most Dedicated Jumper. 
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