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The Bon Soo plunge (89 photos, video)

Sunday, February 10, 2013   by: Donna Hopper

Our Winter Carnival's crown jewel, the Polar Bear Swim, closed the 50th annual Bon Soo festivities this afternoon at Bellevue Park.

A multitude of brave souls took the plunge into the icy St. Marys River as Mr. Bon Soo and a crowd of curious onlookers cheered them on.

Popular this year were super hero costumes - we spotted Batman, Spider Man, Superman, and Wonder Woman - and the knee-tuck jump.

Sadly, no one attempted a belly-flop.

This year's Polar Bear Swim award winners were:

Oldest male: Raines Guttenberg - 69

Oldest female: Elaine Gowman - 56

Swimmer who travelled the furthest: Alex Heal - Sydney, Australia


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frizz 2/10/2013 8:23:27 PM Report

Love the facial expressions. Well done Donna! This is what I call community spirit and definitely the event of the year.
Johnedater 2/10/2013 8:33:09 PM Report

Great pictures and happy to see a lot of participation at Bon Soo events. The Polar Bear Swim certainly was the highlight of the Carnival. The whole carnival is a positive event for all Saultites to to partake in community spirited events and help pass the winter blahs! Nice work Bon Soo planners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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