Around 1,600 people plunged into the icy waters of Lake Ontario, according to organizers of a “Polar Plunge” in New York said. They planned to raise $225,000 for Special Olympics New York.
The 12th annual event, which occurred on Sunday took place during a snowstorm in the Rochester area that filled the lake with ice and slush.
“This was the coldest and the worst,” said Andy DeMarco, 49, of Rochester, a retired sheriff’s deputy who has participated in the event for several years.
But Randy Crum, 51, of Buffalo, a seven-year veteran of the Polar Plunge, said jumping into the frigid water is “not as bad as everybody thinks it is.”