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Aurora Polar Bears host 29th New Year’s Day polar plunge

More than 30 people — some for the first time, others with more than a decade of experience under their belts — stormed into Cayuga Lake at noon on New Year’s Day to welcome 2019 with a splash.

When Zack VanOrman woke up this morning, he didn’t plan to take the plunge. But he changed his mind when he saw his dad, Chris, wrote a Facebook post announcing he was going to do it this year.

“It was spontaneous,” Zack said. “I was just like, ‘yeah, let’s do it.'”

A first time for both him and his dad, Zack said his only game plan to prepare for the impending chill was to “keep the adrenaline going.”

“I’ve been wanting to do it for three years,” Chris said. “Kind of regretting it now,” he said, laughing, as a strong wind blew across the white-capped waves on Cayuga Lake.

The 34 people who took the plunge this year shivered in the 36 degree weather, wrapped up in robes, blankets and winter gear as they awaited the countdown to prepare to run into the lake.

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