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By Marc Lutz 

Annual icy dip draws brave crowd to Shoemaker Harbor


January 6, 2022

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Sophia Martinsen, left, Arne Dahl and Kelsey Leak exit Shoemaker Harbor after participating in the Polar Plunge on Jan. 1.

For about 20 years on New Year's Day, some of the bravest in the community gather to prove their mettle by wading into the frigid water of Shoemaker Harbor for the aptly named Polar Plunge.

This year was no different.

On Jan. 1, about 54 people of all ages walked into waist-deep water and then submerged up to their necks. The goal was to reach one minute. Most made it, some gave up soon after getting in.

"I did it last year. It wasn't that bad. I had a wetsuit on, but all my friends said I was cheating," said 13-year-old Sophia Martinsen. This year, she wore shorts, a shirt and sweater to t...

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