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They’re at it again

Lake Carolina hosts 4th Annual Polar Bear Plunge Jan. 13

Participants at the 3rd Annual Polar Bear Plunge came in all shapes, sizes, and ages.

Participants at the 3rd Annual Polar Bear Plunge came in all shapes, sizes, and ages.

Contributed by

Lake Carolina Development, Inc.

Be invigorated as never before – take the 4th Annual Polar Bear Plunge into the frosty waters of Lake Carolina! This ‘unbearable’ event is scheduled for Saturday, January 13 at Lake Carolina’s Sunset Park.

Last January, over 90 polar bears and bearettes jumped into the frigid waters of Lake Carolina on a clear, but cold January day. This coming January 13, many more are expected. All polar bears must check-in/register at the event before 10 am. Splash time is 10:30 am sharp.

Polar bear pointers or for making this unbearable event enjoyable:

+ Bring a robe – great for putting on while waiting to go in and even better to slip into as you dry off.

+ Keep your feet covered until the last possible moment.

+ Bring extra towels or a blanket to stand on… remember, the ground is like ice!

+ Wear layered, loose fitting clothes. They’re easier to get into when fingers are cold.

+ Plunge with a friend… it’s more fun!

+ No diving! Or entering the water headfirst.

Participating Polar Bears will have an opportunity to garner some unique bragging rights for the Columbia area, a certificate to prove their bravery, and hot refreshments afterwards. Award “plunge” categories include Best Group, Largest Team, Best Individual, Best Dressed, Youngest and Oldest Polar Bear. Those under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian in attendance during the event. Attire for the Polar Bear Plunge is swimsuit only, no T- shirts or wetsuits. Children and those who might not be classified as strong swimmers are encouraged to wear a personal flotation device.

Sponsors include Northeast Family YMCA at Lake Carolina, Prudential Midlands Real Estate and the Tavern at Lake Carolina.

To reach Lake Carolina from I- 77 North, take Exit 22, Killian Road. Killian Road becomes Clemson Road Extension. Follow Clemson until you reach Hardscrabble Road. Take a left at the light and travel 2.5 miles to the entrance to Lake Carolina. Follow the signs to Sunset Park. For additional driving directions please visit or call 803-736-LAKE.

For more information, call 803.736.LAKE (5253) or visit the community’s web site at

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