Saturday January 23rd, 2021 6:29AM

Participants of 2020 Polar Bear Plunge start New Year off with a splash

By Lauren Hunter Multimedia Journalist

If participants of the 2020 Polar Bear Plunge were not awake when they arrived at Lake Lanier Olympic Park, they certainly were as soon as they hit the water!

This year marked the 22nd edition of the event, hosted by Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club. Individuals, couples and families of all ages came out for a chance to jump in the water. According to event coordinator Jim O'Dell, attendance this year was nearly double from the previous year.

The temperature in Gainesville was about 50 degrees when the event kicked off, but the water was still cold enough to make an impact on those brave enough to jump in.

"It was really, really cold," said participant Tom Reilly. "And we sank a good bit so it got colder."

Besides the cold water temperatures it was a beautiful day for the event. The lake water was clear and steady. A couple of participants, such as Justin Doll, enjoyed it so much they decided to go for a second dive!

"There was no line so I figured I might as well hop back in!" said Doll.

The 2020 Polar Bear Plunge also featured a little bit of competition for awards such as Best Jump, Best Splash and even Best Eyeglasses for 2020 as a nod to 20/20 vision.

Following their plunge participants were invited to warm up inside the Boathouse with hot chocolate and snacks. The Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club also has plenty of other acitivies lined up to add to your 2020 intinerary, which can be found on their website.

  • Associated Categories: Homepage, Local/State News, Videos
  • Associated Tags: Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club, Polar Bear Plunge, Lake Lanier Olympic Park
© Copyright 2021
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Former NBA commissioner David Stern dies at 77
Former NBA Commissioner David Stern dies at 77 weeks after suffering brain hemorrhage
7:45PM ( 50 minutes ago )
Gwinnett magistrate judge dies from injuries suffered in Dec. 21 pedestrian accident
Eleven days after she was hit by a vehicle near downtown Buford, Gwinnett Senior Magistrate Judge Emily Powell has died from her injuries.
6:31PM ( 2 hours ago )
Participants of 2020 Polar Bear Plunge start New Year off with a splash
The Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club hosted their 22nd annual Polar Bear Plunge this afternoon at Lake Lanier Olympic Park.
5:20PM ( 3 hours ago )
Local/State News
Lake Lanier: Long-time New Year's Day event just around the corner
Once again, for the 22nd year, the Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club is hosting its New Year's Day "Polar Bear Plunge" at the Olympic rowing venue on Lake Lanier.
8:00PM ( 3 days ago )
Lanier Canoe and Kayak paddler helps set new sprint canoe national record
A paddler with the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club, Edward Surles, has helped set a new American sprint canoe record.
By AccessWDUN Staff
10:00AM ( 4 months ago )
Gainesville: Date set for postponed Polar Bear Plunge
The annual Polar Bear Plunge, a fundraiser for the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club, is now set for Feb. 9 after being postponed New Year's Day because of higher-than-usual levels of Lake Lanie
1:16PM ( 11 months ago )
Polar Bear Plunge canceled because of 'unsafe' conditions
The New Year's Day Polar Bear Plunge has been canceled because of "unsafe conditions" at the Lake Lanier Olympic Center.
10:28PM ( 1 year ago )
Lake Lanier: Annual Polar Bear Plunge just days away
The Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club is gearing up for the annual Polar Bear Plunge.
9:00PM ( 1 year ago )