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United Way Polar Challenge Responds to Flooding Problems

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The Cortland United Way’s Polar Bear Challenge has faced several obstacles this year, mother nature has thrown planners another curve ball forcing yet another change in the event.

The Polar Bear Challenge fundraiser was supposed to take place back on March 7th, but it was moved to April 18th due to dangerous temperatures and a frozen pond.

Now that temperatures are warming, a new problem arises: flooding at Yaman Park. The beach, the hill, and the stairs at Yaman Park are all underwater.

Rather than have participants dunk into the murky water with unseen obstacles and risk a swim in run-off contaminated waters The Polar Bear Challenge committee have decided to hose participants down in the parking lot.

United Way Director Cindy Eberhart says the Cortland City Fire Department will bring a firetruck to the park and spray participants with cold water.

Last year the event drew 115 participants and hundreds of spectators. Eberhart is hoping that this new plan will spark interest and draw an even larger crowd and more participants. For more information, and to sponsor a participant, visit, call (607) 756-5639.

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