Into the water
Among the first plungers into the water Saturday at Upper Rhoda Pond in Copake was Coarc's Director of Development and Human Services Alex Schneider (center), who is also one of the organizers of the Polar Plunge event, and U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson (far left).
Two of the youngest Coarc Polar plungers Saturday were Connor, 8, and Calob, 10, Ganson. Pictured, Connor reaches for his dad Chuck who, as a member of the Greenport Rescue Squad, was wearing a dive suit.
Pastor joins the plunge
Pastor Mark Frickey (right center) wore his shirt and collar as he plunged into the frigid water Saturday during Coarc's icy benefit.
Among those going for the record for the longest time in the water were Nick Alger, Nick Morabito and Mike Molinski (and a fourth swimmer on the left). According to Molinski's timepiece they were in the freezing water for three minutes and nine seconds.
Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2013 12:30 am
Updated: 1:01 am, Tue Apr 16, 2013.
Seventy or so intrepid souls braved Upper Rhoda Pond’s chilly depths for charity Saturday at Coarc’s Fifth Annual Polar Plunge. Teams and individuals alike shed their inhibitions, and outerwear, to raise $10,750 toward underfunded programs at the non-profit organization that caters to disabled children and adults.
First responders from the Copake Fire District, Greenport Rescue Squad and Columbia County Sheriff’s Office stood watch at Coarc’s Camp Mahican as the Ice Ice Babies, NUMB Skulls and other teams made a mad dash from the water’s edge into Upper Rhoda Pond.
Sunday, February 24, 2013 12:30 am.
Updated: 1:01 am.