A tradition is a tradition, even when temperatures dip into the teens.
The annual Coney Island Polar Plunge commenced on Brooklyn’s southern shore New Year’s Day, extending a tradition that dates back to 1903. Countless participants jogged into the cold Atlantic Ocean to ring in the New Year.
The Coney Island Polar Bear Club is donating proceeds from the event to local organizations such as the Alliance for Coney Island and the New York Aquarium, but final details on the amount of funds generated is not yet available.
— Eddie (@eagleed) January 2, 2018
I decided to check out the Polar Bear Plunge at Coney Island to kick off the new year. It was damn cold (15°F!), crowded, but super fun to watch. Here are a few shots I managed to grab before my fingertips almost froze off. More here: https://t.co/LBFU4SkHIc pic.twitter.com/WtMvcVAZgu
— Ellen Qbertplaya (@Qbertplaya) January 1, 2018
The Coney Island Polar Bear Club thanked participants, attendees, and local organizations for their assistance in making the Polar Plunge a possibility for yet another year.