You are here

Old Saint Nick and the Dark Knight lead the annual plunge into Medicine Park’s Bath Lake Saturday. Temperatures were in the high 40s, but the water was even colder as participants dove in for the 16th year.Alexander Bailey, 8, dives into the frigid waters of Bath Lake with the famous belly splash technique Saturday during the annual Polar Bear Plunge. This is Bailey’s sixth year participating.Dozens of brave souls tested their endurance Saturday by seeing how long they could stay in the cold waters of Bath Lake in Medicine Park. Many who jumped in during the annual Polar Bear Plunge immediately climbed for the nearest escape from the water.Paige Holder takes a picture of Tona Alexander and Charley Wright before they take the plunge into Bath Lake Saturday afternoon at Medicine Park.This Polar Bear Plunge participant wasn’t too chicken to jump into Bath Lake Saturday.

Cast of characters jumps into Bath Lake

MEDICINE PARK  Batman, Captain America, Santa Claus and a giant yellow chicken walk into a bar.

There's no punch line, it was just Saturday afternoon in Medicine Park. The cobblestone community and the Park Tavern hosted the annual Polar Bear Plunge, attracting dozens of the brave and daring, the insane and the downright weird. Veteran jumper Charley Wright said it was surprising to see such a colorful cast of jumpers on such a cool afternoon.

"There's sure a stiff cold wind out today," he said. "It's going to be wonderful. We had ice covering Bath Lake two days ago, so the water is cold."

The mercury couldn't climb past the 50-degree mark on the thermometer  an average temperature for the February tradition. But the only temperature that truly mattered was that of the water in Bath Lake. Its calm, serene waters would soon be greatly disturbed by dozens of men and women diving into the frigid waters to celebrate a 16-year tradition. It's an event that has become synonymous with the eccentric nature of the town, attracting visitors from as far away as neighboring states to make the annual pilgrimage.

"You never feel more alive than when you jump," said second-year plunger Tona Alexander.

The Lawton Constitution

102 SW 3rd, Lawton, OK 73501
Classifieds: (580) 357-9545
Circulation: (580) 353-6397
Switchboard: (580) 353-0620