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Polar Bear Dash in Gold Hill

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GOLD HILL, Ore. — It may have been a true test of endurance for a few karate students in gold hill.

Three martial arts schools participated in the Annual Polar Bear Dash on New Year’s Day. Organizers say this tradition has been going on for decades.

Almost 70 people took off into the Rogue River underneath the Gold Hill Bridge at noon. Some of the participants jumped in two to three times before finally drying off.

“It was really great the first time. The second time, was painful, flat painful, like fire,” said Dan Bluhm, the Owner of Quantum Martial Arts.

The owner also says it is kind of a baptismal way to bring in the New Year. He says you can wash away the old and bring in the new…all you need is a little bravery to actually go through with it.