Chippewa Lake Polar Jump

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By Roc Woodrum, Fox 8 Photojournalist

CHIPPEWA LAKE, Ohio--Saturday's cold temperatures and brisk winds were no match for one group of cold weather lovers.

Not only did they spend the day outside, they took it to the next level by taking a dip in 34-degree water!  "It was frigid!" exclaimed one jumper, as she ran from the water.

More than 160 people participated in the Second Annual Polar Bear Run/Walk and Jump. The event raises money for food bank initiatives in the Chippewa Lake area.

"Last year, we raised $10,000. We had 62 participants last year. At last count today, we have 164 participants this year," said event coordinator, Allen Robbins.

"It's cold. It's choppy. It's windy. But you know what? It's well worth it," said a participant.

Those brave enough to jump in the frigid waters ranged in age from 13 to 65.

Because the water was so cold, the Lafayette Township Fire Department was on hand both in the water and on land.

"It's warmer in our suits than going in like these jumpers are going in. There was a little bit of ice on the lake a couple days ago," said Mike Costello, of the LFD.

Proceeds from this year's event go to the Feeding Medina County Initiative, Crosspoint Church Food Pantry and the Chippewa Lake Lions Club.

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