Record Numbers Return For 6th Annual Polar Plunge

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POCOPSON — You would think the drop in temperature from all this snowstorm business would stop people from jumping into frigid waters.

But you would be wrong.  Because over 250 people with that very mindset thrashed about in the 38 degree Brandywine Creek on Saturday morning, and all in the name of a good cause.

A quick check of the hourly breakdown on at around 9:30 in the morning said the air temperature for splashdown at the Brandywine Valley Association’s annual Polar Plunge – usually around 11:30 – would be a brisk 29 degrees.

Of course with the wind chill factor, that drops to 15 degrees.

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Pottstown New Year’s Day Polar Plunge Could Be Coldest Ever

POTTSTOWN — To celebrate the 5th annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge in Riverfront Park, swimmers will brave what will likely be the coldest water yet in the event’s history.

“If the weathermen are right, this will be the coldest polar bear dive we’ve had in the series,” said Bill Krause, who organizes the event with his wife, Sue.

The swim will commence at 10:30 a.m. when the participants, who will all have to sign a waiver beforehand, will line up and dash into the Schuylkill River.

Running into the freezing river won’t be the only thing going on, however.

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