New Year’s Day Tradition: Brave Souls Take Icy Polar Plunge into Lake Monroe at Paynetown Beach

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – JANUARY 1: Polar Plunge at Paynetown Beach at Lake Monroe on January 1, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

Staff report

Bloomington, Indiana — January 1, 2024

Despite chilly temperatures around 32 degrees and snowflakes starting to descend, a group of Polar Plungers gathered at Lake Monroe’s Paynetown Beach at 10 a.m. sharp on New Year’s Day to partake in an annual tradition.

Dressed in an assortment of attire ranging from Viking crowns to whimsical headgear, the intrepid group eagerly awaited the countdown to embark on an icy plunge into the frigid waters of Lake Monroe.

The group ran into the lake at 10 a.m. sharp. However, the biting cold quickly caught some off guard, prompting a swift retreat for a handful who sprinted back to the safety of the shore.

Amidst the flurry of snowflakes descending upon the scene, a few daring souls remained undeterred, choosing to brave the numbing waters, while others quickly dried off on the beach.

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – JANUARY 1: Polar Plunge at Paynetown Beach at Lake Monroe on January 1, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – JANUARY 1: Polar Plunge at Paynetown Beach at Lake Monroe on January 1, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – JANUARY 1: Polar Plunge at Paynetown Beach at Lake Monroe on January 1, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – JANUARY 1: Polar Plunge at Paynetown Beach at Lake Monroe on January 1, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – JANUARY 1: Polar Plunge at Paynetown Beach at Lake Monroe on January 1, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – JANUARY 1: Polar Plunge at Paynetown Beach at Lake Monroe on January 1, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – JANUARY 1: Polar Plunge at Paynetown Beach at Lake Monroe on January 1, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – JANUARY 1: Polar Plunge at Paynetown Beach at Lake Monroe on January 1, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – JANUARY 1: Polar Plunge at Paynetown Beach at Lake Monroe on January 1, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

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