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Record crowd takes the frigid Polar Plunge into Lake George

"I'm in midlife crisis," Mosher said. "I enjoy embarrassing my kids."

Her teenage children, experienced Polar Plungers, were absent this year, Mosher said.

"My kids bailed on me this year," she said, noting that as a former rafting guide, taking a swim in frigid waters was part of one's job description.

For others, a Polar swim was foreign to job duties.

A trio of WNYT-13 television newscasters - Benita Zahn, Dan Bazile and Tim Drawbridge - were among those participating in the courageous swimming ceremony.

"Omigod, it's soooooo cold," Dan Bazile said while he was wringing water out of his T-shirt, a moment after he dashed out of the lake. "It was like hitting ice when I dove in."

"It's exhilarating, I'd do it again," Zahn replied, cold water trickling down her face from her hair. "For 10 years I've wanted to do this!"

Bazile's wife Doreen challenged him to take the frigid swim, and he, Drawbridge and Zahn had decided on the spur of the moment to try it out, Zahn said.

Zahn quipped that through the frigid swim, she was connecting with her Russian-Polish ancestry, famous for their Polar Bear swimming routines.

Twenty-something Erin Clune of Seattle looked at her ruddy toes. Visiting her relatives in Waterford, she joined them in their frigid swim in Lake George.

"I'm slowly getting the feeling back in my toes," she said. "But this has been a nice family affair, really."

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