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Chill out in Kingman: Polar Bear Plunge happens at downtown pool New Year's Day

KINGMAN - Call it the polar brrrr plunge.

While some nurse hangovers and others watch college football on New Year's Day, the more daring among us will greet 2014 by participating in the 13th Annual Kingman Polar Bear Plunge at Grandview Pool.

Originally scheduled to take place at Centennial Pool, the plunge was moved to Grandview as Centennial is under repair, and the time was changed from noon to precisely 12:30 p.m.

The downtown pool is located at 324 Gold St.

No registration is required and there is no fee to jump in, jump out, get a hot shower, dry off and then drink hot chocolate.

Several mystery prizes await those brave swimmers who make it to the bottom of the pool.

Water temperature won't be an arctic freeze, but will be chilly in the upper 30s and lower 40s.

And while emergency medical responders will be on hand, the city's Parks and Recreation Department, which sponsors the event, advises the "brisk" water temperature might not be suitable for everyone, particularly those with a history of heart problems.

All "plungers" do so at their own risk.

The high temperature for New Year's Day is going to be 63 degrees with no chance for rain and light winds at 7 mph, according to The Weather Channel's 10-day forecast.

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