Thousands brave icy waters for Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge

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It’s not Times Square or New Year’s Eve, but people on Coney Island are just as ready to ring in the New Year.

It’s a dare thousands gladly accept year after year. Close to 3,000 people, bare it all at the Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge.

The race is simple: run in and rush out.  But five time jumper, John Mister, says it’s all about strategy.

“One, two, three layers. Bathing suit, robe, hood. It’s all, good,” said Mister.

Five time jumper, John Mister, says the Polar Bear Plunge is all about strategy.

Five time jumper, John Mister, says the Polar Bear Plunge is all about strategy.

Jersey Shore star Vinny Guadagnino, who raced into the freezing ocean last year and raised money for Camp Sunshine, disagrees with Mister’s plan.

“If I was bundled like you it would be tough,” said Guadagnino.  “But at end of the day it’s hopefully not so bad.”

With a “go” shivering swimmers ran, jumped and dove into the icy ocean.

Chilly temperatures can’t scare away these swimmers, who say taking the plunge brings in good luck for the new year.

364 days until the next plunge.  Just enough time to warm up.

Close to 3,000 participants prepare to dash into the water.

Close to 3,000 participants prepare to dash into the water.