2013 Polar Bear Swim for Sight Photos and Highlights

The 44nd Olcott Polar Bear "Swim for Sight" was Sunday, March 3, 2013.


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573 hardy swimmers from across Western New York and even outside the region braved the chilly water and biting winds of Lake Ontario on Sunday for the Olcott Lions Club’s annual Polar Bear Swim for Sight to raise money for the visually impaired.

This year, the turnout was diminished by the cold weather and ice, but Clark said he still expects to raise $15,000. “It’s good for a day like this,” he said. “It’s very cold. The wind is biting. The ice on the lake is very thick. So for a day this cold, that’s a good number. ... But certainly, if the weather wasn’t quite so severe, we’d have more people.”

Clark said about half the participants are “repeat swimmers,” which helps ensure the numbers. “They are people that are committed to this process, to this cause. They come back year after year and have fun, which is strange to some of us,” he said. “But it’s a fun day. A lot of people see this as a tradition.”

Kelly Shoemaker from North Tonawanda was crowned the 2013 Polar Bear Queen! 



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