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Polar Bear Plunge Draws Record Crowd

More than a hundred plungers brought in the New Year by diving into the freezing water at Lake Monroe.

More than a hundred plungers brought in the New Year by diving into the freezing water at Lake Monroe.

This was the largest crowd in the event’s seven year history….and perhaps that was at least in small part due to the temperature. It was about 40 degrees Saturday which is rather warm for a polar bear plunge. Still though, the plungers quickly ran out of the water just as quickly as they ran in and most of them screamed the entire time.

Local cancer survivor Cindy Duffy began the plunge tradition seven years ago after being diagnosed with bladder cancer. The event has grown through the years, and next year Duffy says she may market it as a benefit for cancer.

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