Doug Weigel leads the rush into the frigid waters during the 2017 Polar Bear Plunge at Double Bluff Beach Park. Around 150 people participated in the New Year’s swim. (Evan Thompson / The Record)

Doug Weigel leads the rush into the frigid waters during the 2017 Polar Bear Plunge at Double Bluff Beach Park. Around 150 people participated in the New Year’s swim. (Evan Thompson / The Record)

Plunge into 2019 at Freeland event on New Year’s Day

He got the idea to start the tradition while eating ice cream with friends.

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