Super cold weekend after what has so far been a very mild winter makes the participants of this year’s Polar Bear Plunge seem all the more insane, or, in some cases, more insane than usual lol.
All I can tell you is that it was crazy ass cold out there with the temperature around -22 Celsius and about -40 C wind chill, and, trust me, it was mighty windy out there.
Anyway, this is one of those challenge things where you sponsor someone to basically do something that appears to be quite stupid, insane, dangerous or all of the above.
And all the proceeds go to the Special Olympics.
I thought it would be in the river like it was last year behind the old Guy Gagnon Arena, but the arena is being rebuilt as a cultural center so the event was moved to a pool besides the Auditorium. Sort of hard to imagine there will be a beach down there in 2017, eh?
No shortage of mascots at this event.
And they are off!!
Borough of Verdun Mayor, Jean-Francois Paranteau and his team getting ready.
All for a good cause.
Some colourful outfits.
Projet Montreal team complete with Black Watch Bagpiper.
In they go.
How can they stand it? I was freezing my ass off bundled up.
Next, Catherine Polson 2015 St-Patrick’s Parade Princess, Borough Councillor Luc Gagnon, local community organizer Tonya Hess.
Sterling Downey had doubled back for a second jump.
The participants are probably not outside for more than 90 seconds in most cases. I had been outside for about 12 minutes at this point and it felt like parts of my face were missing.
I swear he is thinking third jump.
It was a great event. Congrats to all the participants and major thanks to all those who worked to make this happen.