Thursday, January 1, 2015

Polar Bear Plunge in Coeur d'Alene Photos

Posted By on Thu, Jan 1, 2015 at 4:12 PM

Hundreds of people braved temperatures in the high teens to jump into 40 degree water on New Years Day at Sanders Beach in Coeur d’Alene for the annual Polar Bear Plunge.


click to enlarge Chad Bennett, left, announces that 12 minutes are left before the beginning of the Polar Bear Plunge. - YOUNG KWAK
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Chad Bennett, left, announces that 12 minutes are left before the beginning of the Polar Bear Plunge.

click to enlarge Dave Knight shows a "2015" drawing on his belly. - YOUNG KWAK
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Dave Knight shows a "2015" drawing on his belly.

click to enlarge Connor Szott, left, and his mother Shellie wait for the beginning of the Polar Bear Plunge. - YOUNG KWAK
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Connor Szott, left, and his mother Shellie wait for the beginning of the Polar Bear Plunge.

click to enlarge Aaron Dahlgren, right, waits for the beginning of the Polar Bear Plunge. - YOUNG KWAK
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Aaron Dahlgren, right, waits for the beginning of the Polar Bear Plunge.

click to enlarge Participants run into the water. - YOUNG KWAK
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Participants run into the water.

click to enlarge Participants run out of the water. - YOUNG KWAK
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Participants run out of the water.

click to enlarge Participants run out of the water. - YOUNG KWAK
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Participants run out of the water.

click to enlarge Participants run out of the water. - YOUNG KWAK
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Participants run out of the water.

click to enlarge Participants run out of the water. - YOUNG KWAK
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Participants run out of the water.

click to enlarge Participants run out of the water. - YOUNG KWAK
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Participants run out of the water.

click to enlarge Aaron Crowell, left, and his twin 10 year old sons Nathan, right, and Michael get dressed after the Polar Bear Plunge. - YOUNG KWAK
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Aaron Crowell, left, and his twin 10 year old sons Nathan, right, and Michael get dressed after the Polar Bear Plunge.

click to enlarge Kerry Johnson, left, helps her brother Michael Green, right, dress his 7 year old son Joshua, after the Polar Bear Plunge. - YOUNG KWAK
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Kerry Johnson, left, helps her brother Michael Green, right, dress his 7 year old son Joshua, after the Polar Bear Plunge.

click to enlarge (Left to right) Robert Cliff, Brad Hoppie, Brandon Spry, Megan Hodges and Debby Dotson stand in front of a bonfire after the Polar Bear Plunge. - YOUNG KWAK
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(Left to right) Robert Cliff, Brad Hoppie, Brandon Spry, Megan Hodges and Debby Dotson stand in front of a bonfire after the Polar Bear Plunge.

click to enlarge People gather around a bonfire after the Polar Bear Plunge. - YOUNG KWAK
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People gather around a bonfire after the Polar Bear Plunge.

click to enlarge Dave Oestreicher sits in his kayak after watching the Polar Bear Plunge. - YOUNG KWAK
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Dave Oestreicher sits in his kayak after watching the Polar Bear Plunge.

click to enlarge Jonathan Windham sits in the water for 40 minutes after the Polar Bear Plunge, while Joseph Dickens, left, and Heidi Montez watch. - YOUNG KWAK
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Jonathan Windham sits in the water for 40 minutes after the Polar Bear Plunge, while Joseph Dickens, left, and Heidi Montez watch.

click to enlarge Libby, Mont. resident Rick Klin deflates an inflatable polar bear after the Polar Bear Plunge. - YOUNG KWAK
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Libby, Mont. resident Rick Klin deflates an inflatable polar bear after the Polar Bear Plunge.

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