Tamaqua YMCA's "Blue Marsh" Madness is set for Saturday, March 17.
Cold water plunge organizers are looking for spectators or costumed participants to be a part of their annual charity event. The event doesn't cost anything and is open to people of all ages.
Organizers stressed that you don't have to be a member of the YMCA to participate. Nick Zigmant, Executive Director, said, "No one is obligated to get wet, but if you have the guts to jump in or just want to come and watch in support of our Tamaqua YMCA, please show up this Saturday at the Tamaqua YMCA (1201 East Broad St) this Saturday at 7:30 a.m."
At 8 a.m., everyone will then ride on the YMCA bus (or they can carpool) to the Blue Marsh Lake in Reading for the YMCA Blue Marsh Cold Water Plunge. Zigmant added, "Our theme this year is "Cowboys, Cowgirls and Indians."
So, if you are able to, come dressed or painted as an Indian, cowboy or cowgirl. If you don't have a costume, volunteers will have costumes available (to include adult Indian costumes, child Indian costumes, and toy cap guns for cowboys/girls costumes). We have a lot of brown body paint to color anyone else who wants to go as an Indian."
Plungers must bring a towel and a change of clothes. Free lunch will be served immediately afterwards at a nearby facility. Event will be held rain or shine. Organizers estimate to be back in Tamaqua by 1 p.m.
For more information about participating or if you need costumes and body paint, contact participant and YMCA board member Andrew Leibenguth anytime at (570) 668-1234 or via Facebook. Leibenguth stated, "The less clothing, the better, as this is a cold water plunge!" Zigmant added, "Costumes aren't required, but will surely make our Tamaqua YMCA "Cowboys, Cowgirls & Indians" team look great and give us a better chance of winning the costume contest, like we've done in the past!"