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Tamaqua YMCA "Marsh" Madness set for Saturday

  • ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Participants in last year's plunge take to the water.
    ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Participants in last year's plunge take to the water.
Published March 13. 2013 05:02PM

More than 200 participants of all ages are expected to take the cold plunge this Saturday morning as part of the YMCA's annual Plunge For Kids held at the Blue Marsh Lake in Leesport.

"We need both participants and spectators to represent our Tamaqua YMCA by dressing as anything related to the 1980's," said Nick Zigmant, Executive Director, Tamaqua YMCA. "We will all then join other YMCA centers and walk into the lake."

Zigmant added that they will depart their Tamaqua YMCA (1201 East Broad Street) at 8:45 a.m. this Saturday and expect be back in Tamaqua before 3 p.m. Participants can either carpool or ride with on their YMCA bus. Immediately following the the quick plunge, everyone will be treated to a warm meal, refreshments and awards at a nearby YMCA.

"Even though the event is free, we always encourage donations," said Zigmant. "Proceeds will go toward youth programs of the YMCA and future expansion of our Tamaqua YMCA."

"For all those non profit's out there... If you are willing to help us raise at least $500, we will cut you a check for half of what you raised which will go back to your own non-profit," said Zigmant.

Zigmant stressed that participants do not have to come in costume or get wet, stressing the importance of having spectators. If you decide to participate or watch, organizers asked that you be at the Tamaqua YMCA no later than 8:45 a.m. this Saturday. They added for participants to bring a towel and change of clothes. Event will be held rain, snow, sleet or shine.

For more information, visit the event on Facebook at (Tamaqua YMCA's Remembering the 80's "Marsh" Madness Polar Bear Plunge), by going to or by contacting Zigmant at (, 570-668-2903) or board member Andrew Leibenguth at (, 570-668-1234).

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