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Photos: 2013 New Year's Polar Bear Swim

Over 200 participated. Were you one of them? Upload your pictures of the big chill here.

It was all over in a matter of seconds; and you can't blame them.

Over 200 brave souls made an enthusiastic entrance into and a quick exit from the frigid waters of Northport Bay at the fourth annual New Year's Day Polar Bear Swim, sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 410 and the Northport Fire Department Smokeaters.

Though the skies were gray and the winds whipping at Steers Beach, participants enthusiastically pumped their arms, ran in place, and huddled together to pysch themselves out for the big chill. 

Troop 410 Assistant Scoutmaster Jim Garvey expects to raise over $3000 for the Northport Food Pantry as a result of the event.

Were you a polar bear on Tuesday? Add your photo to this gallery by clicking upload photo.

JoeA January 02, 2013 at 04:52 PM
I was stupid cold yesterday in the water.
Waterman January 03, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Congratulations to Troop 410, its members and Leaders. What a great idea for a very worthy cause. Great to see the FD, Hunt. HM, and other Law Enforcement there too. This is one of teh many reasons why Northport is such a great town.
Troop410 Northport January 04, 2013 at 01:28 AM
Thanks for posting these photos, Leah. The support from Northport Patch for this fundraising effort is greatly appreciated. We have posted several hundred additional photos of the 2013 Polar Bear Swim on the Troop 410 website. View them here: http://www.t410northportny.org/photos/2013/2013-01-01_polar_swim/index.html And for those who weren’t able to attend, and may be interested in sponsoring a swimmer after the fact to help support the Northport Food Pantry, you can find the details and a copy of the donation form here: http://northport.patch.com/events/2013-new-years-day-polar-bear-swim - Troop 410, Boy Scouts of America, Northport, NY
Leah Bush January 04, 2013 at 01:41 AM
My pleasure! It was a really fun event. Maybe I'll participate next year lol

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