Hunters watch Amy Singh of Discovery Bay finish her first Bun Run. (Ray Saint Germain/Bay City News)

Recovering from the double whammy of the worst storm of recent memory happening on the year’s biggest party night didn’t stop 21 people from heading to the Delta early Sunday morning to freeze their rear ends off. 

Jianna Ganem, 18 and Ian Hornberger, 19, both of Discovery Bay, jump in the cold Delta water. (Ray Saint Germain/Bay City News)

It was the goal at the 43rd annual Frozen Bun Run, where waterskiers and wakeboarders celebrate New Year’s Day by doing something most would consider insane: take to the water near the Rusty Porthole

Spectators at the 43rd Frozen Bun Run at the Rusty Porthole. (Ray Saint Germain/Bay City News)

After taking two years off thanks to the pandemic, spectators stayed warm at two full bars, a bloody mary station, a beer truck, and a hot bar. 

(L-R) Sisters, Tracy and Tiffany Emerson both of Bethel Island, volunteer at a drink booth. (Ray Saint Germain/Bay City News)

Buns are definitely frozen

First time bun runner Robert Lopez of Oakley
Robert Lopez of Oakley gets air during his first Frozen Bun Run. (Ray Saint Germain/Bay City News)

The first two to sign up for a tandem run were 17-year-old Shelbee Hart and 16-year-old Isabella Ellsworth, both from Discovery Bay.

(L-R) Shelby Hart, 17, and Isabella Ellsworth, 16, both of Discovery Bay, head to the dock. (Ray Saint Germain/Bay City News)

Shelbee said it would be her “last opportunity before college,’ while Isabella said “I heard about it from some people and it sounded really fun.” 

One time a guy jumped out of a plane; that was my favorite

Dannille Peeler, manager of the Rusty Porthole for 15 years
Rusty Porthole manager, Dannille Peeler, makes Bloody Marys. (Ray Saint Germain/Bay City News)

Some more photos from the days festivities

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