Dipping into the Swift River, clockwise from left, Jim Irish, Jason Dolloff, Glenn Gordon, Ryan Burgess and Gary Dolloff participate Saturday for Operation Reboot Outdoors in Rumford. The cold-water plunge raised $700 to get military veterans, law enforcement officers and service members outside for recreation. Bruce Farrin/Rumford Falls Times

RUMFORD — The air was warm but the Swift River was very cold when five men went for a dip Saturday morning to raise money for Operation ReBoot Outdoors.

“That damn water was so cold,” Gary Dolloff of Rumford said after the 30-second plunge.

Dolloff and Glenn Gordon of Mexico recruited Ryan Burgess of Mexico and Jason Dolloff and Jim Irish, both of Peru, to join them in raising $700 for the nonprofit that helps service members, veterans and law enforcement officers get outside to hunt, fish and enjoy other activities.

Operation ReBoot Outdoors was founded by veterans in 2019. “Our number one priority is creating an atmosphere of camaraderie and brotherhood and giving our ReBoot Veterans a sense of purpose again,” its website said.

Gary Dolloff said the idea for the dip resulted from a $10 challenge from Todd Austin, one of his former Mountain Valley High School wrestlers.

Dolloff is also raising money for the organization by running six miles a day this year. Sunday marked his  100th day running in Rumford and Mexico.

At 6 miles a day, he said, “That will get me virtually from Rumford to Austin, Texas, where my daughter lives.”

Dolloff has logged 600 miles and has monthly sponsorships totaling over $2,500. To learn more about sponsorship, visit his Facebook page.


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