Coldest Polar Plunge brings out the bravest


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Several dozen warm-hearted people braved the chilliest weather ever this New Year’s for the annual Polar Bear Plunge at Nashville’s Percy Priest Lake.

There were bikinis, bare-chested men and a lot of screaming from both genders at they gingerly tip-toed over icy rocks to dip into waters warmer than the outside temperature that was in the high teens.

The event at the YMCA Camp Widjiwagan helps send kids to the outdoor facility during the warmer times of summer.

The Polar Plunge is apparently getting attention far beyond Middle Tennessee. Several young adults in swimsuits said they were from Michigan and showed of an “M” tattoo to prove it.

Along with swimsuits, some took the plunge in outfits such as Superman or a Joker in an attempt to stay warm.

The previous coldest day for the noon time event was 26 degrees in 2001.

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