Freeze Your Tootsies Jan. 1, Or See Others Do It

POTTSTOWN PA – For what will be an 11th year, some Pottstown area residents are destined to line up New Year’s Day (Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2018) along a bank of the Schuylkill River, then shiver, shimmy and swim their way into its freezing cold water just to prove they can do it … oh, and maybe to begin 2019 with a cold.

The borough’s Polar Bear Plunge returns at 10 a.m. in the downtown Riverfront Park, on the south side of College Drive. Dozens of hearty souls show up each year to take a wintery dip, play games like a Christmas Tree Toss, enjoy a snack or refreshment (both usually hot), and warm themselves by a bonfire carefully overseen by local firefighters.

Feeling lucky? Feel luckier with this: that snack may consist of a hot dog and sauerkraut, intended to bring good fortune for the following 364 days.

If you’re interested in taking the swim yourself, registration begins at 9:30 a.m., also at the park. Sponsored by the borough Parks and Recreation Department, the event is free. The department is not going to cover the bill for cold remedies, though.

Participants must be age 16 and older. All will sign waivers releasing the borough from any potential liabilities, and those age 16 and 17 must have their forms co-signed by an adult guardian witnessed by a parks staffer.

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