Polar Bear Jump Honors Vice Mayor Doug Young

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Cool dog (aka Bart Fite) welcomes plungers to SportsCom's Boro Beach. This is the 15th year.
Temperatures didn't stop the tradition of participating in the Polar Bear Plunge. In fact, the 15-degree temps equaled the 15-years that the jump has been held. This is the WALK OF HONOR from the SportsCom gym to the Boro Beach.
Community leaders continue the tradition. They honored Vice Mayor Doug Young who had jumped each year. Young passed away last month. Judge Ben Hall McFarlin (2nd), Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland (3rd) and the two men on the right are Andrew and Matthew Young, Doug's two adult sons.
They stayed and played in the water for a considerable amount of time. Judge McFarlin was even giving "high fives" to those around him in the water.
Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarlin looked as if he was thoroughly enjoying the water.
Judge McFarlin exiting the pool, and the tradition continues.
Some of the youngsters look as if they would like to try it again--uh, on a warmer day.

The 2017 Polar Bear Plunge at SportsCom's Boro Beach honored Vice Mayor Doug Young, who passed away last month. Young jumped at all of the previous events. This was the 15th annual Polar Bear Plunge, and the coldest one that has been held.

The snow and frigid 15-degree temperature did not slow the participants.

Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department's Assistant Director Nate Williams commented . . .

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The crowd of water enthusiasts quickly filed past a solemn pup at the gate wearing a sign around his pooch neck that read "Water Is Too Dog Gone Cold". The crowd always wonders how SportsCom's Director Bart Fite will dress each year, and that was his costume for 2017.

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With the exception of a handful, most of the jumpers were in the water and quickly out, seeming to rush back inside.

Judge Ben Hall McFarlin and friends seemed to linger in the pool, soaking in the sunshine and giving each other high fives. However, Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland did not want to overdo a good thing, so he exited to join his constituents inside the warm SportsCom complex.

There was no charge to jump, but those who participated brought cans on non-perishable food to donate to Greenhouse Ministries.

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