“He’s a Norwegian extremist who holds all these world records,” said McGuire. “Hof promotes breathing and exercise and cold-water treatments.”
Mason, who was rather tall for his age and “tough-as-nails” according to bystanders, initially said there was no bribery involved but then confessed. “He did bribe me for $100,” he said.
Dad piped up in the background. “The deal was Mason would get the money if he stayed in the water longer than he did,” he said.
The boys had a fan club on the ice. They stood in about an inch of water with a beer in hand. “Dad’s got deep pockets and short arms,” said one New Year’s reveler. “He should pay up!”
The other popular polar plungers were a father-daughter duo who participated with high drama last year when she shouted “Daddy get in here!”
The pair, in matching green suits, entered the water in tandem and finished with a splash of flair and family.
This year’s Polar Plunge was combined with a Geocaching event along with Munzee, which is a combination of Geocaching and Pokemon. “We had families here from Illinois, Minnesota and Arizona for today’s events,” said organizer Tami Mauland.