Polar Bear plunge at Portage Lakes State Park brings out brave souls
PORTAGE LAKES PARK, Ohio – Although temperatures in northeast Ohio hit record highs on Saturday, most people would probably agree that it was a bit too chilly to take an outdoor swim.
Except a group of brave souls in Portage County.
Hundreds donned their swimsuits and costumes as part of the 14th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Portage Lakes park.
The mid-winter tradition is a fundraiser for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. According to the Polar Bear Jump’s website, over $158,000 was raised this year, topping their goal of $150,000.