To the Editor:

The 31st edition of the Polar Bear Run on March 1 was one to remember with snow falling and runners embracing the conditions.

Despite a postponement of one week, 325 runners braved the conditions to circle a lap (7.6 miles) around Lake Waramaug.

The race couldn't have gone off so smoothly without diligent volunteers and the efforts of state troopers, headed by Steve Sordi and the Police Explorers.

Many thanks to the Board of Governors of the Lake Waramaug Country Club for generously allowing the clubhouse to be used for registration.

There were also the incredible efforts of Pat Redmond and Charlie Greystone, who kept the parking lots open despite an unprecedented number of storms and accompanying snow.

We would also like to give thanks to Washington volunteer ambulance for its efforts.

In the end, the race raised money for Loaves & Fishes Hospitality House in New Milford and kept the memory of Wallie Jahn alive.

Wallie, who revived the race years ago, passed away much too young.

He has to be smiling at the perseverance of runners and the community effort that made this year's race one to remember.

Dave Dunleavy

Race director

Polar Bear Run