Swimmers brave snow, cold for Polar Bear Plunge

Swimmers brave snow, cold for Polar Bear Plunge

The wind and snow didn’t stop dozens of brave souls from charging into cold waters to ring in 2017.

Turns out if you ask people to jump into frigid cold waters in 20 degree temperatures while it’s snowing, you’ll get a big group to show up to Sanders Beach in Coeur d’Alene to do just that!

“I’m so giggly and excited to get into the water! It’s going to be super fun!” said Stacey Benosckey.

“I’m scared,” said first time participant, Jennifer Layman.

“It’s a good way to wash off the scum of the old year and it definitely does,” said Paul Michalowicz.

Ken Martin has participated for 26 years.

“Every year I think it’s going to be my last one and people always tell me ‘Are you doing Polar Bear Plunge?’ Yeah, why not” said Ken Martin

Some swimmers wear shorts or drop down to bikinis–while others FaceTime their family members as anticipation builds…

“That’s my brother in California! We’re Face timing! I’m showing him how crazy we are right now,” says Horton.

Finally, at noon, the Polar Plungers make their way into the water.

“It’s a great way to start off the new year!” says Martin.