Polar Bears on Oak Street Beach?! Yes folks, it's true. The Lakeview Polar Bear Club hosted its 10th annual plunge this weekend and the experience did not disappoint.
With nearly 600 photos taken during the plunge, we had the fun challenge of whittling down the gallery. It was tough, but we've pulled the 80 that best set the scene for the day and capture the bone-chilling dip for the 600+ participants. It was a true celebration of shrinkage and cutting glass as water temps matched the air temperature exactly--a crisp 32 degrees. And to think--this isn't anywhere near the coldest plunge on record!
While we're still waiting on the final fund raising totals to roll in [to include the proceeds earned at the after party], the entire club is thrilled to have raised several thousand dollars for two extremely deserving families.
But we all know you're here to check out the photos and enjoy seeing other people in agony...we are, after all, only human. I just sincerely hope that everyone has thawed out by now. So why don't we let the pictures do the talking and demonstrate the success of the event?
It is my pleasure to introduce to you, the Lakeview Polar Bear Class of 2011...
We also took some time to ask folks exactly what brought them out to conquer Lake Michigan on such a crummy January day. Here's what they had to say...
Did you take the plunge?! Leave a comment and tell us about your chilly dip in the lake! And be sure to keep next year's plunge on your radar for a refreshing way to jump start your year! Stay awesome, friends!