It's polar plunging time today in AlexandriaToday's the day. Hundreds of daring souls in Alexandria are registered and ready to take the Polar Bear Plunge, presented by Minnesota law enforcement for the benefit of Special Olympics Minnesota, by jumping into icy waters at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center.
Today's the day.
Hundreds of daring souls in Alexandria are registered and ready to take the Polar Bear Plunge, presented by Minnesota law enforcement for the benefit of Special Olympics Minnesota, by jumping into icy waters at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center.
This annual event supports more than 7,100 Special Olympics Minnesota athletes, as they train, compete and work together year-round, to grow as athletes and members of their communities.
This year, Alexandria’s plunge will be at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center and will begin at 1 p.m. today, Sunday, February 26. Check-in is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Be sure to see Wednesday's Echo Press for plunge coverage and lots of photos.
In 2011, 306 people took the plunge in Alexandria, and raised more than $48,000 in support of Special Olympics Minnesota.
The plunge day experience is a memorable one, to be sure. Plungers are encouraged to wear original, outrageous and amusing costumes.
After plunging, participants run directly from the freezing lake to heated changing tents, where they thaw out, warm up and lend support to fellow plungers.
Minnesota law enforcement presents the Polar Bear Plunge as part of the year-round Law Enforcement Torch Run events benefitting Special Olympics Minnesota. Each year, they lend their time, energy and enthusiasm to host a variety of fundraising events, which, in 2011, raised almost $2.4 million for inspiring Special Olympics Minnesota athletes.
Special Olympics Minnesota offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Through Special Olympics Minnesota’s athletic, health and leadership programs, people with intellectual disabilities transform themselves, their communities and the world.