Last Jan. 30 in Clift Park, the Skaneateles Polar Bear Club took its first plunge into Skaneateles Lake. Eighteen participants raised more than $2,200. The club was formed as a way to bring fun and excitement into the dark days of winter said co-founder and President Todd Marshall.
"While having fun, we also have a mission to fundraise for the Skaneateles Fire Department, the Skaneateles Education Foundation and SAVES," he said. "One hundred percent of our profits go toward these causes."
The club's timing is fortunate as they have piggybacked this event with the Sunrise Rotary WinterFest's "a taste of Skaneateles."
Marshall said people of all ages are invited to come out and support the Polar Bears, as well as the WinterFest on Jan. 29. Winter makes much more sense if you embrace it - especially outdoors - and there is nothing more bracing than a dip in Skaneateles Lake whatever the season or reason!
Skaneateles Polar Bear Plunge is scheduled for Jan. 29 at 12:30 p.m. in Clift Park's old boat launch. For online registration, interested polar bears can visit skanpolarbear.com, or sign up on active.com. There will also be onsite registration on the day of the event, starting at 11:30 a.m.
Polar Bear Code of Conduct:
All participants must spend at least 10 seconds in the water and dunk entire body.
No wet or dry suits allowed. Speedos and fur thongs are permitted, but use them appropriately.
Head-first diving is not permitted.
Have fun, while being responsible and courteous to other polar bears.
Outrageous costumes encouraged.
Everyone must wear shoes.
A form and waiver/release must be filled out.
There is a $50 entrant's fee or $200 for groups of five.