Polar Plunge 2013 in Louisville

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I wanted to show some photos and videos from the Polar Plunge that took place down on the river this morning.  The Polar Plunge is a fundraising event that helps fund the Special Olympics.  Individuals and teams get together, dress up in crazy costumes, and jump in the Ohio River in the middle of winter for a good cause, “freezin’ for a reason”.

Willy Wonka showed up with some Oompa Loompas
Willy Wonka showed up with some Oompa Loompas, ready to hop in the river!

This year marks the 15th annual Polar Plunge on the Ohio River and they were expecting close to 1,500 people to participate.  Over the last 14 years the Polar Plunges in Kentucky have raised over $5 million for the Special Olympics and this year should break all the records.  It was a cold morning on the river for sure, however today was a beautiful day.  The sun was shining bright, which doesn’t normally happen, and people were in great spirits as you heard the chants and cheers from the stands and the participants alike!

The other Polar Plunge events for Kentucky Special Olympics are in Lake Cumberland, Lexington, Bellevue, Owensboro, and Western Kentucky.  The total number of participants across the state in 2012 was 3,141 raising more than $725,000 for the Special Olympics.  Seeing the smiles on faces this morning after they warmed up a bit shows you that helping people is rewarding.  No matter how scary or tough the situation may seem, we are all supposed to help one another…the smiles also make you see why people keep doing it year after year.  Congrats to all the Polar Plunge jumpers today and in years past!

That's not a costume, and this soldier actually proposed to his girlfriend before jumping...She said yes:)
That’s not a costume, and this soldier actually proposed to his girlfriend in front of everyone before jumping…She said yes:)
Team name:  Brrrrr-itos.  Seriously, I can't make this up.
Team name: Brrrrr-itos. Seriously, I can’t make this up.

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