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The Infamous Polar Plunge

February 25th, 2008

Polar Bear Plunge

While in Madison Wisconsin visiting some friends I had the opportunity to witness the Polar Plunge. If there is one in your area you have to see this! The plunge is a charity event that gives businesses, organizations and individuals the opportunity to support local Special Olympics athletes. There are two ways to raise money for this charity event:

1) Get Sponsored. Have individuals, organizations or businesses sponsor you to take the plunge.

2) Pledge a Plunger. If you don’t want to take the plunge yourself, you can make a contribution and sponsor a plunger.

Polar Bear Plunge

The Polar Plunge I saw took place in Olin Turville Park, Madison on frozen Lake Monona. There was a man made dock on the shoreline of a hole cut into the lake that was surrounded by spectators armed with cameras. The plungers get into lines and make there way towards the dock dressed in full costumes and some in bathing suits. The announcers count down and the plungers jump into the freezing water, make their way across the decent sized hole to the ladder and then run to the hot tubs and changing area to warm up.

Polar Bear Plunge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a promotional video for the state of Wisconsin Polar Plunge on YouTube.

For more information visit Wisconsin’s Polar Plunge website

Erica Fischer Events, Travel