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Volunteers Plunge Into Icy Waters for a Cause

Characters abound at the 8th annual Polar Plunge benefiting Special Olympics.

BLOOMINGTON - Sunny and thirty six degrees. Not exactly swimming weather, but that won't stop nine hundred people from taking a dip in the Miller Park Lake.

These brrrrrr-ave souls, dressed in tutus, like pirates, or even wearing nearly nothing, raised thousands for Special Olympics to run into these dark, icy waters.

Organizer Jill Speer says, "It's because of our athletes. They want to give back to our athletes and our program so that we can continue having our Special Olympics events throughout the year."

There was even a friendly rivalry

"We are doing this for all of the athletes of Special Olympics," says Maria Chandler.

Teams from WMBD and WJBC tried to out-fundraise each other...

Both took the dive because chilled is just a state of mind.

"My legs are numb, so no worries there... They're not cold anymore in-fact I forgot I even had shorts on,” says Marcus Bailey of Team 31.

"There are a lot of athletes that depend on this and all the money that is being raised all day long. It's an awesome feeling even though it's a little cold."

The team from WMBD came in second on the side-bet... raising eighteen hundred dollars. The total amount raised from today's plunge was more than one-hundred and sixty thousand dollars.

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