Cold Can't Stop Hundreds From Plunging into Lake Minnetonka

Cold Can't Stop Hundreds From Plunging into Lake Minnetonka Photo: KSTP

January 01, 2018 03:12 PM

Even the bitter -15-degree weather wasn't enough to stop hundreds of Minnesotans from plunging into Lake Minnetonka for the ALARC Ice Dive Monday in Excelsior.

It was the second-coldest day in the event's 28 years. Harley Feldman, the event director, said there was never a thought of canceling.

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"The temperature is cold, but it's the wind," Feldman said. "I think we lost some people because of it. But we watched events getting canceled on the East Coast in 30 degrees. So we think we're doing just fine."

On the event's scale of  Guppies to Orcas, Lauren Morris became a Northern with her third dive.

"I'm nervous to get out, because that's the worst part," she said.

Even the Sharks - participants with 10-plus dives - said the dip into the frigid waters of Lake Minnetonka never gets any easier.

"It's always the same," Scott Searl said. "It always hurts and it's stupid."

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Tyler Berg

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