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January 2, 2014

Polar Bears explain their motivation

What made you decide to take the plunge into the Atlantic Ocean?

Michael Derhammer

Age: 37

Residence: Portsmouth, N.H.

“I’ve done it in the past, and it’s a good way to kick off the year. I get the worst done first, and everything else is a piece of cake after that. The water was a little brisk.”

Leah Staschke

Age: 23

Residence: Boston

“I came here with a friend who’s running the 10K, and I’m not much of a runner. It was good; I made pretty good time, and the plunge was definitely a good addition.”

Katie Barnes

Age: 35

Residence: Melrose

“If you love running, what better way to ring in the new year. This is actually the fourth time I’ve jumped in the ocean. It’s fun actually. I was hot after running, and ready to peel off layers.”

Andrea Twomey

Age: 34

Residence: Malden

“I came with a friend, and we have a lot of quick kids. I have four and she has three. We needed something crazy on New Year’s. Right now, I can’t feel my legs.”

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