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 . . .
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.
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.