OH YEAH, IT'S COLD - Keith Leverenz of Oconomowoc scrambles for the shoreline after jumping into the channel between upper and lower Nemahbin lakes during the annual Polar Bear Plunge hosted by Stolley's Hogg Alley in the Town of Summit on Saturday, Jan. 01, 2011.
PAJAMA PARTY - Karina Nielsen (left), 15, of Oconomowoc and Breanna Mickinak, 15, of Delafield pose for a photo in their New Years pajamas prior to the annual Polar Bear Plunge on Upper Nemahbin Lake in the Town of Summit on Saturday, Jan. 01, 2011.
FRIGID WATERS - Mukwonago residents (from left) Lauren Neuwirth, 13, Cortney Zabielski, 19, and Tyler Neuwirth 19 run through waves at Bradford Beach during the Polar Bear Plunge on Jan. 1. Lauren took part in the plunge for the first time, while Cortney and Tyler have participated three years.
WARMING UP - Mukwonago residents (from left) Cortney Zabielski, 19, Lauren Neuwirth, 13, and Tyler Neuwirth, 19, defrost after taking part in the Polar Bear Plunge at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee on Jan. 1. Cortney and Tyler have participated three years, while this was the first plunge for Lauren.
STANDALONE PHOTO -- Paul Kraemer takes the plunge in the annual Special Olympics Polar Plunge fundraiser Sunday, February 13, 2011 at Muskego County Park in Muskego, Wis. About 350 people participated raising about $100,000 for Special Olympics Wisconsin. His employer's team, the Starr Group insurance agency of Greenfield, was one of the top fundraisers. MARK HOFFMAN/MHOFFMAN@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM
Jim Hass (foreground right) and other participant wait for the start of the annual Special Olympics Polar Plunge fundraiser Sunday, February 13, 2011 at Muskego County Park in Muskego, Wis. About 350 people participated raising about $100,000 for Special Olympics Wisconsin.
Lake Denoon Middle School principal Ryan Oertel (left) took part in the Polar Plunge to honor a committment to students who raised money for the Special Olympics fundraiser Feb. 11, 2011. Scott Carlson, Muskego Elementary School phy ed teacher greeted the crowd after their plunge. Robert Antholine (right), Lake Denoon Middle School associate principal joined them.
Young women get ready to take the plunge into Lake Michigan during the Polar Bear Plunge at Bradford Beach Saturday, January 1, 2011.
How else to start the new year? Hundreds of people frolic in Lake Michigan under Saturday’s sunny skies but strong winds during the Polar Bear Plunge at Bradford Beach.
Rudy Rossetto (left) visiting from Wales, UK, leads the way in 2012 as he and Frank Kiffin-Bruce, from Manchester England, along with Rossetto's son, Russell Rossetto, of Milwaukee brave the chilly Lake Michigan waters during the annual New Year's Day Polar Bear Plunge at Bradford Beach.