Hundreds take the Polar Plunge in Lexington

Hundreds take the Polar Plunge in Lexington
Isle of Palms Polar Plunge – Facebook
nOn Saturday, Feb. 10, Kalamazoo hosted their Polar Plunge to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics and their athletes.

On Saturday, Feb. 10, Kalamazoo hosted their Polar Plunge to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics and their athletes.

Below is a Newschannel 3 exclusive look at the event, including the wacky costumes participants wore and some of the talented splashed made — all in the name of a good cause.

Thousands jump in Lake Ontario for a good cause at Polar Plunge

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – More than 200 people braved the rain and took the plunge for a good cause Saturday.

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The 2018 Polar Plunge took place outside Texas Roadhouse on Richmond Road in Lexington.

Of course, they had to jump in style. Many dressed up in costumes, while others decided to ditch the shirts.

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“The coldest I have done is 14 and the warmest is 70. So we have always had a good turn out. It has always been a really wonderful turnout,” said David Lautzenheiser.

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Isle of Palms Polar Plunge - Facebook
Isle of Palms Polar Plunge – Facebook

The money raised from the event goes to support Special Olympics Kentucky.

This is the fourth year for the Peel event and it has already raised $114,000. This year, combined with a Polar Plunge at Sheridan College on March 8, the goal is to raise $50,000 for the Special Olympics 50th Anniversary. The money is distributed to athletes who can’t afford the registration fees, it assists with uniforms and it goes toward supporting events.

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"It's a great experience, not only for new people that want to try it out, but especially for people with disabilities," said costume contest judge Zach Herrmann. "It gives them a chance to do something they've never been able to do."

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