Dressed for the Plunge: Polar Plunge Participants Wear Costumes While Raising Money for Special Olympics

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Polar Plunge participants race into the water.
Photo from Special Olympics Illinois

Polar Plunge participants wore a variety of costumes to this year’sĀ event, ranging from Vikings to a witch to penguins. The freezing fun raises money for the Special Olympics.

Over 7,300 people participated in Special Olympics Illinois this year at lakes across the state, raising more than $2 million.

The freezing water doesn’t keep participants away. Participants’ enthusiasm is obvious as they run cheering into the water.


Jimmy Fallon emerges from Lake Michigan during the Chicago Polar Plunge.
Photo from Daily News

Even Tonight Show Host Jimmy Fallon joined in at the Chicago plunge in Lake Michigan. He wore a suit and tie when he plunged and told his fans about his experience on his show.

Participants must raise $75 to participate. Anyone who can stand on their own in the water can plunge. Wetsuits are not allowed.

The snow at the event may be a stark white, but costumed participants liven up the plunge, as seen in this video.

To read the script for the video, click here.

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