Mayor, others take polar bear plunge

Eric Maxon, owner of Stewarts Plumbing, left, and Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry jump into the outdoor pool during the 3rd Annual Polar Bear Plunge at the Jewish Community Center on Sunday. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

Eric Maxon, owner of Stewarts Plumbing, left, and Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry jump into the outdoor pool during the 3rd Annual Polar Bear Plunge at the Jewish Community Center on Sunday. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Some Albuquerqueans rang in the new year with a frigid splash Sunday morning at the 3rd Annual Polar Bear Plunge.

Participants dove, jumped and cannonballed into the chilly outdoor pool at the Jewish Community Center to raise money for the ABQ BioPark’s polar bears, the Ten-82 Fund for injured police and firefighter families, and the JCC’s own programs for needy children. Participation required a $25 donation,

Shivering swimmers warmed up afterward with hot drinks and toasty snacks.

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