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Residents can plunge into Lake Lanier on New Year's Day
Annual event features chili and hot cocoa
A group of friends jump into Lake Lanier during the 2014 Polar Bear Swim at Lake Lanier Olympic Venue. The four former North Hall High School students are, from left, Madison Savage, Katie Brown, Gay Anne Agnew and Emily McCoun.

Participants young and old are prepared to jump in the frigid waters of Lake Lanier at the 18th annual Polar Bear Plunge at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue on 3105 Clarks Bridge Road.

“Last year we had about 160,” said Chris Potter, volunteer for Lanier Canoe and Kayak club. “We hope to have more this year to jump.”

Bounce in by yourself or with a group and enjoy a bowl of warm chili and hot cocoa afterward.

The chili comes from a cook-off, which is mostly the members of the club, but anyone may cook up a batch.

The event supports Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club’s Olympic legacy program, which helps train paddlers for a chance to compete in summer Olympics.

The plunge takes place at 11:30 a.m. and jumpers should be ready by then.

The cost is $25 for a single jump or $75 for a family jump up to four people.

“There’s a costume contest, oldest and youngest contest, best jump contest,” Potter said.

Unlike last year, no run will be this year. However, the jump is getting bigger and bigger every year and it will be fun, Potter said.

Participants can register for a jump, the cook-off or to be a sponsor online at

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