Snow Adds Dimension to Saturday's Polar Plunge
The 2013 Polar Plunge, hosted by the Special Olympics of Missouri, takes place Saturday.
Roughly 800 people will be taking a cold dive into Creve Coeur Lake for the annual Polar Plunge on Saturday. Thursday's snow made all the more colder.
Sponsored by Special Olympics of Missouri, the 2013 Polar Plunge is in its seventh consecutive year and is the second plunge held in the St. Louis area. Funds raised by the event goes toward helping with sports programming and tournaments held throughout the year, Jocelyn Diehl, St. Louis metro area director of Special Olympics, said.
Diehl said that last year, the organization set a fundraising goal of $74,000 and surpassed this to reach $104,000. This year, the goal was set for $116,000. As of Thursday afternoon, the event had raised more than $60,000.
Students and adults from all over the area, including Jefferson and St. Charles counties, will be on hand for the event, Diehl said.
While the event is for a good cause, Diehl said that another part of its purpose is for people to have fun dipping into frigid waters.
While snow and freezing rain dominated the headlines for most of the week, Diehl said that she has no weather concerns for the event as come rain or shine, it will go on.
The National Weather Service forecasted sunny with a high of 33 degrees for Saturday.
The Polar Plunge starts at 2 p.m., but people will be able to do on-site registration starting at noon.