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The Siberian ice bucket challenge: Tomsk beats New York

By The Siberian Times reporter
14 March 2016

Cold water off a ducks back as Russians vow to keep record forever.

People from 2 to 76 doused themselves in cold water in front of television cameras. Picture: turistclub.tomsk.ru

A total of 255 people took part in the mass pouring of icy water in Tomsk as the city broke a record previously held by Tyumen - also in Siberia - and New York City. 

People from 2 to 76 doused themselves in cold water in front of television cameras. The event was called 'Probuzhdenie' - or Awakening.

Alexander Germanov told TV2 channel that his aim was to beat other cities that had held the record previously. 

Tomsk bucket challenge


Tomsk bucket challenge


Tomsk bucket challenge


Tomsk bucket challenge


Tomsk bucket challenge

'In all, 255 people took part. We didn't even have enough buckets to go round.' Pictures: turistclub.tomsk.ru, TV2

'Tyumen is considered a capital of Russian winter swimming, so there were healthy ambitions in me:  if Tyumen, why not Tomsk? This is a great way to spend winter time with positive and healthy people - pouring cold water, and swimming.

'We plan to make this action annual. In all, 255 people took part. We didn't even have enough buckets to go round.' He pledged that next year more than 400 will take part. 

Tomsk bucket challenge


Tomsk bucket challenge


Tomsk bucket challenge


Tomsk bucket challenge


Tomsk bucket challenge

Alexander Germanov told TV2 channel that his aim was to beat other cities that had held the record previously. Pictures: TV2, Dmitry Kandinsky/vtomske.ru

Among the participants was a woman who is nine months pregnant. The oldest was pensioner Tamara, 76.

Previously, New York had staged such an event with 200 participants and Tyumen with 215. 

Perhaps global warming helped: the air temperature was plus 3C. To put it mildly, this was mild for the time of year in Tomsk. 

Comments (4)

On what date will the Siberian Ice Bucket bucket challenge be taking place in 2017?
Renee Nel, Abu Dhabi
19/02/2017 15:41
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Such happy beautiful people enjoying themselves, I wish I could have been there to see this. Regards from Fort Morgan, CO.
Rob Lent, Fort Morgan CO
22/03/2016 03:52
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I agree with Benedikt, good for you and well done! I love the beaming smiles. I also love the beautiful scarf one of you is holding. I hope you have the 400 people you are anticipating participating next year. I will be thinking about and cheering all of you on....:-).
Pamela Tetarenko, League City, USA
15/03/2016 17:04
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good for them!
Benedikt, Moscow,Russia
15/03/2016 11:07
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