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Shorts and singlets in the snow and cold at the Polar Bear Run

Ollie, a black Labrador retriever puppy at the Polar Bear run, is a trainee at Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a school that prepares dogs to assist blind and visually impaired residents. Photo by Lans Christianssen

KENT — Last Sunday, Feb. 24, 292 hearty runners competed in the 35th annual Polar Bear Run. The 7.6 mile course circles Lake Waramaug and passes through New Milford, Washington and Kent. 

This year the runners braved 40-degree cold and drizzly conditions, with enough of a breeze to add to the shivers. 

You wouldn’t necessarily have known it from the runners’ attire, though. They wore everything from shorts and singlets to full foul-weather gear. 

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