ECU Polar Plunge Draws Record Crowd

The water may have only been about 39 degrees but that didn't stop hundreds of ECU students from Jumping in.

The 14th Annual "Polar Bear Plunge" took place at the East Carolina University Student Recreation Center Thursday night with a record turnout of more than 700. The previous record was 600 in 2009

The Polar Bear Plunge started in 1997 as a part of the grand opening of the Student Recreation Center with 35 students taking the plunge.

Jumpers were encouraged to bring a canned food item with all donations going to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 23, 2010 at 02:21 AM
    Woodrow, good god man. Go peddle your bill of goods about vandalism and crime on a more suited topic and stop being so negative over here.
  • by PROUD VETERAN JUMPER on Jan 22, 2010 at 08:34 PM
    You actually have to sign a waiver before you jump. Everyone is informed of the possibilities that come along with jumping. I was a jumper during my college years at ECU.
  • by Woodrow Location: New Bern on Jan 22, 2010 at 02:23 PM
    While it was neat that these kids were doing something "college-like", being ECU and Greenville, their dorm rooms were all probably vandalized while they were gone - The only place worse to live than Greenville is Rocky Mount. New Bern comes in a close third crime-wise, though...
  • by ECU fan Location: greenville on Jan 22, 2010 at 01:09 PM
    yes, there was first aid provided in the event someone got hurt or had a medical emergency.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Jan 22, 2010 at 11:57 AM
    Were any medical personnel nearby, just in case someone did have some type of hypothermia, or other negative reaction to the shock of cold water? Maybe 'towel people' were right there, as they came out of the icey water.
  • by S Location: ENC on Jan 22, 2010 at 11:44 AM
    Wow Unreal...sounds like you have a really miserable life....Lighten up..at least they weren't robbing folks
  • by Me Location: G-ville on Jan 22, 2010 at 06:28 AM
    To Unreal... Your a little up tight. The story says that the kids were encouraged to bring a can food item for the food bank. 700 showed up, so that is potentialy 700 items for our local folks in need. Just because you would not do something or think it is stupid. Does not mean that it is. To the organizers of this event...Great Job! I hope they all had a great time while doing some good for our community!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2010 at 06:08 AM
    I bet the girls were laughing at the guys when the guys got out of the pool if you know what I mean as cold as that water was.
  • by LFPVA on Jan 22, 2010 at 05:57 AM
    We can make it if we roll it.
  • by enc Location: enc on Jan 22, 2010 at 04:43 AM
    people that poo-poo this must me boring fuudy-duddies. People of ALL ages do this...there is NO downside and the upside is that you did something fun and silly. life is too short - live a little and have some fun for cryin' out loud.
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