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By Jaryd Cline
Sports Editor 

Polar Plunge


Jaryd Cline

A group of people run into the frigid Columbia River during Sunday's Polar Plunge at Maryhill State Park.

More than 30 people showed up New Year's Day and showed their mettle after battling water temperatures of 38 degrees in the Columbia River during the 10th annual Polar Plunge at Maryhill State Park.

"This was a low turnout, but was still a good plunge, at least I think so," Polar Plunge coordinator Lori Anderson said.

In years past, the turnout has been upwards of 40 to 50 people, but Anderson thinks the numbers were down this year after snow, freezing rain and low temperatures were predicted for Sunday. However, Sunday's temperature of 34 degrees at the time of the event was one of the warmest plunges on record, according to Anderson.

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wo plungers return from the cold temperatures of the Columbia River on New Year's Day. They also are wearing their new Polar Plunge T-shirts.

For this year's plunge, Washington State Parks was a cosponsor and Lem Pratt, manager for the Goldendale area state parks, was there to help out.

Anderson also is the Central Klickitat County Park and Recreation District Manager and for the past nine years the proceeds have went to the Parks and Rec District as well as providing scholarships to local kids for swimming lessons.

Despite the low numbers, Anderson was pleased with the event and is already looking forward to next year's Polar Plunge.

"Regardless, I considered it a success and I am planning on 2018," Anderson wrote in an email to The Sentinel.


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