Polar Bear plunge is especially cold this year
By LAURA ERNDE
WILLIAMSPORT - If Seinfeld is a show about nothing, the local Polar Bear Club must be a club about nothing because there's really no purpose to plunging into 38-degree water.
Every New Year's Day for the last seven years, members of the informal club make a mad dash into the Potomac River.
You don't have to sign up for the club or pay any dues. You just show up in your swimwear.
"The actual purpose is nothing. It's strictly off-the-wall," said one of the founders, John Waltrick, 42, of Hagerstown.
Waltrick arrived about 11:30 a.m. in his terry cloth bathrobe after driving a taxi all night.
This year was probably the coldest ever for the plunge.
The water temperature was 38 degrees, but it was even colder outside. The air temperature was about 21 degrees, according to observations at the nearby R.C. Willson Water Treatment Plant.