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Some begin new year with polar plunge

Some begin new year with polar plunge

POTTSTOWN, Pa. - Dozens of daring men and woman took the plunge in Pottstown this New Year's Day for the eighth annual Polar Bear Plunge at Riverfront Park.

Swimmers braved the freezing cold Schuylkill River, running, diving, and tiptoeing into the water.

The event was free, but organizers said all "polar bears" were required to sign a waiver. Those who "survived the dive" said it was quite a shock to their system.

"For me, I feel alive when I do it, so I love feeling alive for those few minutes," said Greg Longaker. "I do it with family here, so we have a good time. They get to enjoy seeing me do it. It's kind of my moment for the year."

Other activities included live music, a large bonfire, a Christmas tree toss and even some words of encouragement from the borough's mayor.


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