New Year’s Day not complete without Polar Plunge

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–Leading the way into the Long Island Sound are the Duckrows, Liz and Brad.

“I don’t think there’s a trick to it. You just have to bite the bullet and go for it. Throw caution into the wind. Don’t think.”

But there’s no compromising with this water. It’s cold and the plungers face it head on at New Haven’s Lighthouse Point park.

Another man has traveled the country doing this.

“What makes you keep coming back?” News 8’s Stephanie Simoni asked.

“It’s awesome,” he responded.

“I think I might do it when I grow up,” said three-year old Eva. “I’m going to do it when I’m nine.”

The reason why many of them take this bone chilling plunge is to heat up awareness for their local parks.

“[This is] to get people to get out into new Haven and take advantage of all the awesome parks that are around,” said Dave Demers of Elm City Parks Conservancy.

As the polar plunge fever spreads, and a younger crop looks to join the crew.

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