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Estimate 600 take traditional polar plunge into Sycamore Pool

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CHICO, Calif. - An estimated 600 brave souls swam across Lower Bidwell Park's Sycamore Pool Monday as part of an annual Chico New Year tradition

This year's swimmers were welcomed with a water reading of 39 degrees for the 1 p.m. plunge that takes most swimmers less than a minute to complete.

One plunger whose done this for five consecutive years says it's the ideal way to begin a new year.

"It's a tradition," he said. "I've got to cleanse the old year away, and move on to the next."

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