The Battle Creek City Polar Plunge took place in the icy waters of Goguac Lake at H2O Restaurant Saturday at high noon.  In spite of the frigid temperatures in the upper single digits/low-teens more than 65 participants, dressed up in all sorts of crazy costumes and outfits, took the plunge to raise funds for the Special Olympics.

The oldest jumper was 58 and the youngest was a four-year old girl.  At plunge time, the temperature was 15 with the water being a warm 34-degrees. 

Thirty Polar Plunges took place all across Michigan Saturday. Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) event.  LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics globally. LETR consists of officers from both Law Enforcement and Corrections who raise funds and create awareness for SOMI year round.

The Polar Plunge helps to raise funds for over 19,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. The ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help people with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.

The goal was to raise $7,000, but that was smashed.  Plungers brought in more than $8,000 for Michigan Special Olympics on Saturday.

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