Photos: Hundreds of brave souls take Polar Bear Plunge in Seattle

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12th Annual Matthews Beach Polar Bear Plunge
A new years day tradition, hundreds of people run into the cold lakes of Seattle for the annual Polar Bear Plunge. The event symbolizes that washing away of the previous year and to celebrate the ultimate potential that the new year brings. January 1st 2014. (Joshua Lewis / KOMO News)