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Duluth Gearing up for 18th Polar Plunge

Created: February 05, 2019 07:17 AM

Jumping into Lake Superior in temperatures for "Special Olympics Minnesota." That's the gist of the annual Polar Plunge in Duluth. The event is now in year 18 and it continues to grow.

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"When you get down to the plunge sight," Alyssa Martin with the Young Professionals Board says, "I think it really hits home how much this not only supports the athletes for the Special Olympics in Minnesota, but also the families."

She says she hears from families of the athletes how money, in addition to the sporting events at the olympics, goes towards schools, training programs and more.

The plunge is taking place Saturday, February 16. Mike Thamm with the Duluth Police Department says the fun starts at Grandma's Sports Garden around noon with a lifting demonstration from the Special Olympics powerlifting team from Duluth. A costume contest takes place at 1 p.m. At 2, plungers will be bused to the Endion Station by the lakewalk. 

The plunge area will have a large heated tent for participants to wait in until its their turn to jump. After the jump, folks will have the chance to walk through a tunnel blowing heat.

"It's like walking through a big blow dryer," Thamm says.

Click here to register and/or donate. Organizers are hoping to raise $174,000 this year.

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