(MURFREESBORO) At 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning (1/8/2022) the air temperature was 32 degrees and there was snow and ice covering the ground at Boro Beach when several hundred enthusiasts walked in. took the 20th annual Polar Bear Dive at SportsCom, on the corner of DeJarnette Lane and Memorial Boulevard.
Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Director Nate Williams told NewsRadio WGNS the water temperature was 42 degrees. . .
Divers were warm and enjoying the arctic adventure inside SportsCom’s gymnasium before the freezing body shock an event.
Each person brought cans of non-perishable food to be donated to Greenhouse Ministries. The 1.5-hour pre-dive rally began at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning and included games, food, and music inside the cozy gym.
Then the doors opened and the crowd rushed outside to be greeted by a jovial shark, who looked a little hungry. He noted that “his father was in the water”.
It was SportsCom Superintendent Bart Fite’s outfit for 2022. His costumes became a fashion statement every year, which keeps the community buzzing with speculating on what trends the new year might bring.
Despite manager Williams pointing out that divers could stay and swim for free for as long as they wanted, the entire event was over and the shaking bodies quickly made their way to warmer locker rooms in a total of 8 minutes and 47 seconds.
Special thanks to the lifeguards from the Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department who stood guard with the Murfreesboro Fire-Rescue Water Rescue Team who were on hand to help if needed.
Well another Polar Bear Plunge is in the record books with the twenty-first jump program on the first Saturday of next year. See you later.