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Warm-hearted Huskies take the cold plunge.

Posted February 6, 2013 in Features

Freezin’ for a Reason

Consider yourself a couch potato? Always the last one picked for sports teams? Think you’re just not the athletic type? Well, we’re about to throw cold water on that attitude.

Seize the opportunity to show you’re made of tough stuff by taking part in the Special Olympics Washington Polar Plunge this weekend, (Saturday, February 9, 2013, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.) when 600 water warriors (including 100 regional police officers and Seattle Police Chief John Diaz) will brave the glacial waters of South Lake Union in support of Special Olympics Washington.

In its second year hosted in the SLU neighborhood, Plunge organizers hope to raise $200,000 for Special Olympics Washington athletic programs.

Super Plunge Kick-Off
While most Plungers are happy to prove their mettle with one icy dip in Puget Sound, a small group of “Super Plungers” will take things to the next level. Over a 10-hour period, 20 hardy souls will kick off the main event by enduring 20 frigid submersions (every half-hour from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, February 8) and raise $1,500 each for the privilege.

Keep Your Feathers Dry
If icy immersion doesn’t float your boat, you can stay dry, raise money and cheer on Polar Plungers from the warm and water-free sidelines of the “Chicken Coop.” Live music, hot chowder and tacos, and a colorful post-event festival should warm the cockles of your heart, too.

The Plunge coincides with next week’s regional qualifying trials for Special Olympics athletes. Dan Wartelle, Special Olympics Washington spokesman, said, “While our athletes are competing, we’re fundraising for them.”

So, whether wading or cannonballs are more your style, make a splash for the Special Olympics this weekend. Come on in – the water’s fine! (Okay, it’s freezing, but we’re speaking metaphorically.)

Special Olympics Washington Polar Plunge
When: Saturday, February 9, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
(Opening ceremony 11 a.m., Plunge at noon)
Where: Lake Union Park (near MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave N)

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