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New Rochelle To Take The Polar Plunge For Special Olympics

New Rochelle plungers will take the same freezing dip that these Peekskill residents did last year.
New Rochelle plungers will take the same freezing dip that these Peekskill residents did last year. Photo Credit: Katherine Pacchiana

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson will be among the hundreds of brave local souls set to take a dip in the frigid water at Glen Island Park to raise money for Special Olympics New York.

The Polar Plunge will be held at noon on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Glen Island Park in New Rochelle. Check-in will be conducted in the two hours preceding the plunge. A list of Polar Plunge tips can be found here.

After months of fundraising, the sixth annual Glen Island Park Polar Plunge returns to New Rochelle. Hundreds of “plungers” will dive head first into the frigid water, with proceeds benefiting the Special Olympics New York.

It’s going to be a rough go of things for the plungers, as temperatures are expected to continue dropping. According to the National Weather Service, Saturday should see clear skies with temperatures hovering around 45 degrees, though the wind chill is expected to drop that figure closer to 25 degrees.

“This seemed like a good idea when I agreed to it back in the summer. Temperatures were in the 80s, the sun was shining, November was far away. Why not say 'Yes'?” Bramson mused on his personal website. “Well, November is now upon us, weekend temperatures are expected to dip into the low 40s and I am committed to the Polar Plunge this Saturday.”

So far, the Glen Island Polar Plunge has raised more than $50,000, nearing the stated $65,000 goal. All proceeds benefit the 64,659 Special Olympian New York participants in 22 sports.

“I will at least take a symbolic dip into the freezing water, and maybe more, if hypothermia doesn’t get me first,” the mayor continued. “Even if I am physically miserable on Saturday, I’ll be happy, in a sort of abstract way, to do my little part to benefit the Special Olympics.”

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