Crowd rings in New Year with polar plunge

More than 100 people ran into the river for the Polar Plunge on January 1, 2015.
A large group of people ran into the 33 degree water for the Polar Plunge on January 1, 2015.
A large group of people ran into the 33 degree water for the Polar Plunge on January 1, 2015.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) More than 100 people joined in singing the National Anthem before participating in a long time winter tradition: The polar plunge. The group celebrated the New Year by jumping into the river at Johnny Appleseed Park.

It’s an event that Dottie Box, one of the organizers, believes has been going on for several decades. She said there isn’t a lot of advertising around this event, but people just know to go to the park at 2 p.m. every year. This year people jumped into water that was 33 degrees.

Box said she’s taken the plunge for the past 45 years, and she loves doing it every year.

“It’s a personal challenge to me about Thanksgiving time when you’re in your nice warm shower you think, do I really want to do this? But, come New Year’s Day, you do it.”

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