ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) – The bravest of souls took the plunge on Saturday, jumping into the pond at Foster Arend Park to raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota.
For the 18th year, crowds gathered around to watch as people put their bodies to the test, by jumping into the freezing water.
Some participants didn’t let the cold bother them one bit, getting really creative by putting on costumes.
Olmsted County Sheriff Kevin Torgerson says it took the crew three attempts at clearing the snow off the beach for the event, but no matter the difficulties, it was all worth it.
“It’s just so exhilarating. I mean it’s cold, we’ve been working so hard getting it to a point where people can have fun with it, suffer a little bit, but yet have so much with their friends and their coworkers and on-and-on. The bottom line is they’re helping our Special Olympic athletes. That’s what moves me the most, is the great work they let us do, by donating all this money,” said Torgerson.
More than 800 participated in this year’s polar plunge.
They helped raise more than $220,000 for Special Olympics Minnesota.