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"Freezin' for a Reason": Polar Plunge

Friday, January 1, 2010by  Christa VanWieringen

People dive into the Puget Sound

If it's one thing the people from the Pacific Northwest aren't afraid of it’s a little bit of water.  Recently, at the Seattle Polar Plunge  hundreds of people took a dive into the Puget Sound and were "Freezin' For A Reason" to raise funds and win prizes in support of the Special Olympics Washington.  In Seattle, these Goosebumped Beach Bums helped raise over $100,000 by running quickly in (and out) of the water.  The WALLY team couldn't get enough of the Polar Plunge fun so we attended the plunges in Bend and Medford, and can't wait until Portlandians take the plunge at Broughton Beach on March 1st. 

All plunges support the Special Olympics Oregon  and the WALLY team has a few words of advice to share for those who are preparing themselves to take a dive into the freezing cold waters.  Don't worry, from talking with experienced plungers we can tell all you future Plungers that it ain't that bad!

We asked around and found that the worst part of it all is the anticipation of running into freezing cold water at full speed.  Many plungers said it was warmer in the water than it was waiting in the cold weather.  Others say the rush of the adrenaline and excitement kept them warm, so they didn't bother to think about the temperature of the water.  Many told us that if you dress warm, you'll most likely stay warm.- it also helps that there are heat lamps wherever you turn.  The answers we gathered surprised us, and we want to pass along this knowledge to those who are Polar Plunging in Oregon. If you're going to be plunging in Portland this weekend stop by the WALLY van and let us know what your Polar Plunge experience was like! See you soon!

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