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Jul. 22, 2019
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Polar Bear Plunge reset for Feb. 9

By Jane Harrison
Those who want a fresh start to the new year can jump anew into 2019 in the rescheduled Polar Bear Plunge. The Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club reset the new year’s tradition to Feb. 9 after high water canceled the Jan. 1 event at Lake Lanier Olympic Park.
With the later date, the club is rebranding the fund-raising activity to “Take the Plunge for the One You Love,” a pre-Valentines’ show of crazy love, according to an LCKC press release. A warm embrace from “the one” might help smooth the chill bumps rippling on those leaping into near 50-degree water.
Participants can pre-register at Fees are $30 per single jumper, $90 for a family up to four. Check in and on-site registration begin at 10:45 a.m. All jumpers are urged to arrive before 11:30 a.m. Jumping begins at noon on the docks behind the boathouse.
Registration includes a hot bowl of chili, deserts and warm drinks. Registrants also get a commemorative t-shirt. LCKC has organized the event for 21 years as a major club fundraiser. Jumpers can compete for Biggest Splash, Best Costume, Best Jump, and Youngest and Oldest Polar Bear awards.
LCKC postponed the plunge after a rainy December raised the lake to nearly three feet above full pool. The rising water floated tons of debris – trash, limbs, dead trees, dock floats – onto the apron behind the LLOP boathouse and on the grandstand plaza by the tower.
LLOP manager Robyn Lynch said the City of Gainesville and clean up crew collected more than a dump truck load to haul off.

Take the Polar Bear Plunge
  • When: Jumping begins at Noon Jan. 1. Walk-up registration starts at 10:45 a.m.
  • Where: Boathouse docks, Lake Lanier Olympic Park, 3105 Clarks Bridge Rd., Gainesville.
  • Cost: $30 individuals, $90 family of 4. Pre-register to guarantee a shirt.
  • Early registration/information:

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