cold swim schechner North Texas Polar Plungers Bring In New Year With A Splash

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – For eight years it’s been a New Year’s Day tradition at the Ryan Family YMCA in Fort Worth.

Tuesday morning dozens of people came together, in swimsuits, to take the Polar Plunge.

“This is a great way to start 2013!” young Ella Boreman yelled excitedly. The six-year-old reflected on the experience. “I jumped in the water,” she said. “It was like freezing cold!”

Temperatures in the 30s didn’t seem to be a problem for those jumping into the outdoor swimming pool.

Earl Alexander, a 76-year-old polar plunger, said of the venture, “Some would question my sanity but I’ve been questioned for better reasons than that.”

Eleven-year-old Andrew Branch hit the frigid water for different reasons. “It’s just kind of fun to do,” he said, but went on to admit, “It’s like a dare kind of thing, that you can jump in the water and see if you can do it.”

With a cold wind out of the north many claimed the hard part wasn’t diving in the water, but getting out afterward.

“This is the coldest I’ve ever been in my whole life,” first-time plunger Mary Patterson said shivering. Despite the frosty conditions she made a declaration, “It sounded fun. I wanted to do it. I think it’s a good way to bring in 2013 and I think I’m gonna do it every year now.”

Naturally, there wasn’t a lot of lingering around after the dive and following prior instructions everyone brought warm towels to wrap up in and dry off.

Plungers quickly went inside the YMCA and toasted their accomplishment with coffee and hot chocolate.