By Marty Mayfield
Some 39 brave souls took the challenge this year at Lake Maloya and jumped into the ice cold waters that Park Superintendent Bob MacGyver jokingly called a warm 68 degrees.
It was questionable if it was going to be a jump or a run into the water as ice conditions a week before the plunge were iffy at about 5 inches with some open spots on the lake. By Jump time the water had formed a good six inch plus layer of ice making it a jump into the water for the fourth annual polar bear plunge at Lake Maloya.
There were some participants who traveled from as far away as Amarillo and Austin Texas while others made their second or third jump.