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Polar Plunge returning to Plattsburgh City Beach

Event to once again raise money for Special Olympics

Participants in last year’s Freezin’ for a Reason Polar Plunge run from the water at Plattsburgh City Beach. Last year’s plunge raised more than $23,000 and saw more than 225 people plunge into the chilly waters of Lake Champlain.

Participants in last year’s Freezin’ for a Reason Polar Plunge run from the water at Plattsburgh City Beach. Last year’s plunge raised more than $23,000 and saw more than 225 people plunge into the chilly waters of Lake Champlain. Photo by Jeremiah S. Papineau.

— Though Plattsburgh City Beach is known for being heavily-populated in the summer, there’s now at least one day a year when people are taking a plunge in less than warmer temperatures. And, this year, that day is Saturday, Nov. 12.

Kaila Horton, director of development for Special Olympics New York, was in town Wednesday to announce the second annual “Freezin’ for a Reason Polar Plunge” will hit Plattsburgh City Beach in two weeks, building on the excitement caused with last year’s event.

“We were astonished with the turnout last year,” said Horton. “We had a lot of people sign up on-line before but we had a lot sign up the day of the plunge.”

The polar plunge will return as a fundraiser for Special Olympics New York, which hosts an annual state competition for those with intellectual disabilities. Last year’s plunge raised more than $23,000 and saw more than 225 people plunge into the chilly waters of Lake Champlain.

“Last year, we didn’t know what to expect,” said Horton. “We thought we’d shoot for $15,000 and we were very surprised we not only hit it, but we went over it.”

New to this year’s event will be the “Chicken Coop VIP Area,” which will provide an alternative to taking a dip in potentially frigid temperatures that day. Those who raise money a minimum of $50 will be able to sit in a special polar plunge viewing section and receive food, beverages and prizes.

“It’s going to be for folks who don’t necessarily want to go in the water but still want to raise money and receive an incentive,” said Horton. “We wanted to provide an option for them.”

The Chicken Coop is something polar plunge organizers in Rochester have tried before, said Horton, and is something that will be tried out this year in Lake George, Massena and Plattsburgh.

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