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2014 Lake George Polar Plunge - New Years Day Swim In The Cold Lake Waters!
LAKE GEORGE NY -- Every year, hundreds gather on the frosty shores of Lake George for a daring New Years Day swim, known as the Polar Plunge.
On Wednesday, January 1, 2014, that tradition continues at Shepard Park Beach where about 1,000 or more participants are expected to take part in the Lake George Polar Plunge.
The annual Lake George Polar Plunge has been a popular tradition for years, occuring on "First Day" in Lake George, and marks the kick-off of each year's Winter Carnival, which runs through the end of February.
Over a thousand people crowd Shepard Park Beach in their swimming trunks and bikinis for the event, shivering and dancing around to stay warm before the countdown to the big plunge. Then all at once, they rush into the bone-chilling waters for a New Year's polar bear swim!
Shepard Park Beach is located on Canada Street in Lake George Village.
When Is The Plunge?
At 1:00pm on January 1st each year, hundreds of human polar bears take to the water.
This year, polar bears can pre-register from 11am to 6pm at Duffy's on Tuesday (New Year's Eve) to cut down on long registration lines.
Registration for the 2014 Lake George Polar Plunge begins at 10am at Duffy's Tavern the morning of the plunge. Waves of prticipants hit the icy winter waters of Lake George at 1 pm.
Wondering what it's like? Winter in Lake George is no mild climate, so the waters are frigid and just barely above freezing temperature. In some years, there has even been a thin film of ice to swim though. It is COLD!
Most take the plunge and hurry back to the shore for dry land and fluffy towels, but there are others who seem to be true polar bears at heart! Surprisingly, many will actually stay in the freezing cold water and swim around a while. Whether it's merely a show for their friends or the water simply doesn't feel as cold to them, these daring swimmers take polar plunging to a whole new level!
If you still have doubts about how chilly it can be we've posted a Lake George Polar Plunge video below. You can watch the participants' reactions and listen to their excited shrieks and screams as the icy winter water stings their skin.
For more information, contact the Lake George Winter Carnival Committee at 518-240-0809.