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Local residents take a chilly New Year’s ‘Polar Bear Plunge’

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2013 — There’s nothing quite like submersing one’s self in frigid waters to bring in the New Year.
    Braving the bone-chilling water of Lake Almanor, a handful of Susanville residents plummeted off the Canyon Dam boat dock at precisely 1:14 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1 for the inaugural Polar Bear Plunge.

    “I am doing this because I am originally from Minnesota and while I have jumped through holes in lake ice in winter, I have never done a polar bear plunge,” said Margaret Liddiard, the event’s organizer. “(We’re) just a group of like-minded people bent on having fun and being a wee bit crazy.”
    In total, seven participants jumped off the dock, and one claimed afterward the shock of hitting the 37-degree water took his breath away.
    While the event this year was solely for fun, Liddiard hopes next year’s will be a fundraiser titled Freezin’ for a Reason, and will have brave jumpers collect sponsors to raise funds to a selected organization.
    She added she would continue the event next year.


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