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More than 700 people jumped into 31 degree water in Lake Minnetonka to celebrate New Year's Day ALARC Ice Dive, Wednesday, January 1, 2014 in Excelsior, MN. The annual tradition raised money for Ride 2 Recovery. The R2R organization is produced by the Fitness Challenge, a (501C3) in partnership with the Military and VA Volunteer Service Office to benefit mental and physical rehabilitation programs for wounded veterans and healing heroes that features cycling as the core activity. (ELIZABETH FLORES/STAR TRIBUNE) ELIZABETH FLORES • eflores@startribune.com ORG XMIT: MIN1401011117570229

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Hundreds jump into Lake Minnetonka on New Year's Day

  • Star Tribune staff
  • January 1, 2014 - 9:24 PM

More than 700 hardy souls took the plunge Wednesday in the annual ALARC (Active Life and Running Club) Ice Dive on Lake Minnetonka, including 88-year-old Burt Carlson, Katherine Johnson and event founder Bill Wenmark.

Other jumpers displayed a wide variety of swimwear choices  as they dove into the 31-degree water off the Excelsior shoreline.

Proceeds from the event help to support Ride 2 Recovery, a bicycling-based program designed to help military veterans who need physical and mental rehabilitation.

Temperatures hovered around zero during the festivities.





 

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