Polar Bear Club kicks off 2013 - KMSP-TV

Polar Bear Club kicks off 2013

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Although it's not really swimsuit weather, the cold temperatures didn't stop one group of swimmers from going into the water. 

Hundreds of people jumped into the freezing cold water for the annual Polar Bear dip. 

Fox 5's Ashley Mastronardi was one of them who took the plunge, sporting goggles and her bathing suit.  

2013 started off with a jolt for hundreds of brave new Yorkers. 

"It's a way to start the New Year off and grab it by the collar and say bring it on!" 

The Coney Island Polar Bear Club, an organization more than 100 years old, welcomed the public to join them for the first swim of the year. 

From families -- to the wild -- to the weird. 

Fox 5 asked one swimmer about his moustache.  

"I don't know. I woke up there and it was on there this morning, it might be from like last night.  It's New Year's!" 

Just before 1:00 p.m. this afternoon, Polar Bear wannabes lined up in their speedos and skivvies and moments before the race -- the anticipation was mounting. 

"I can't wait!" said one eager swimmer. 

"I'm probably going to do a belly flop first, I know its freezing cold weather but I love it," added another. 

Fox 5's Ashley Mastronardi even contemplated navigating the frosty waters. 

Ashley got out of the freezing cold water and claimed the quick swim was awesome!  

The Polar Bear club meets here on Sundays at 1:00 p.m. and anyone is welcome.

  • Brooklyn NewsBrooklyn NewsMore>>

  • Brooklyn deli clerk set on fire

    Brooklyn deli clerk set on fire

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:25 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:25:11 GMT
    A store clerk inside of a Brooklyn mini-mart was set ablaze when an enraged sicko threw a Molotov Cocktail into the store.  It happened just before 2 a.m. on Wednesday at the store on Fort Hamilton Parkway.The 34-year-old store clerk had his hair and coat catch fire in the attack.
    A store clerk inside of a Brooklyn mini-mart was set ablaze when an enraged sicko threw a Molotov Cocktail into the store.  It happened just before 2 a.m. on Wednesday at the store on Fort Hamilton Parkway.The 34-year-old store clerk had his hair and coat catch fire in the attack.
  • God's Love We Deliver virtual bake sale for birthday cakes

    God's Love We Deliver virtual bake sale for birthday cakes

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:36 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:36:46 GMT
    God's Love We Deliver provides meals to people in the New York City area who are too sick to shop and cook for themselves. Clients also receive birthday cards that are decorated by local school students. Sometimes a cake is the only birthday gift that God's Love's clients will receive.
    God's Love We Deliver provides meals to people in the New York City area who are too sick to shop and cook for themselves. Clients also receive birthday cards that are decorated by local school students. Sometimes a cake is the only birthday gift that God's Love's clients will receive.
  • NYPD Twitter hashtag backfires

    NYPD Twitter hashtag backfires

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:23 AM EDT2014-04-23 10:23:11 GMT
    A NYPD plan intended to better connect with the community seems to have backfired a bit. The police department asked its twitter followers to share pictures of themselves with New York City police officers using the hashtag "myNYPD." Some did share nice pictures, but others not so much.Some of the first pictures posted showed regular citizens standing with very friendly looking police officers.
    A NYPD plan intended to better connect with the community seems to have backfired a bit. The police department asked its twitter followers to share pictures of themselves with New York City police officers using the hashtag "myNYPD." Some did share nice pictures, but others not so much.Some of the first pictures posted showed regular citizens standing with very friendly looking police officers.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices