1.21.2012

WFPBC in Ogden

Today was the North Davis Preparatory Academy's Polar Bear Plunge fundraiser at Fort Buenaventura in Ogden.  We had five members of the Wasatch Front Polar Bear Club participate!

The event would have been a lot more enjoyable if it hadn't been raining so much, but I still had a good time.  I was really surprised at how many people were there to watch and participate.  I thought maybe there would be 20 people, but the parking lot was almost totally full when we pulled up.

The event was really well organized and they had music, food, cocoa and coffee, face painting and a raffle.  Each participant also got a nice long sleeve t-shirt.

Wasatch Front Polar Bear Club.  (Josh, Jim, Michelle, Goody and Gordon)
The organizers had us walk out onto the ice to jump in and then head back in to the shore.  I heard someone say they had to bring a backhoe in to break and clear the ice.  When it was our turn, all five us us walked out on to the ice and jumped in together.  Unlike most of the other participants, we actually stayed in for a while.  The water was maybe 2 to 3 feet deep where we jumped in, but the mud was probably just as deep.  As soon as I jumped in, I was stuck.  It took me a few minutes to free myself and I think other people were having a hard time too.

Gordon swimming in to the shore.
 
Jim, always with a smile on his face.
A couple people from the school noticed my WFPBC hoodie and were asking about the club.  They were excited that we were there and asked for some tips and hoped that we would come back next year.  Before we "plunged", a newspaper reporter asked who we where and wrote down some notes.  Goody was interviewed by a reporter for Channel 2 News as well, so you may see him on TV tonight!

Goody being interviewed by Channel 2 News.
I think WFPBC should organize a plunge / winter swimming race next year at GSL.  What do you guys think?

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