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Volunteers take icy plunge for Special Olympics Utah

Posted - Feb. 20, 2010 at 4:42 p.m.


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SARATOGA SPRINGS -- A host of characters put on their best costumes Saturday to take a plunge for a good cause.

More than 100 people chose to be "Freezin' for a Reason" at the Saratoga Springs Police Department's second annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge. The event took place at Utah Lake's Pelican Bay Marina at 10 a.m.

Those brave enough to test the icy waters did it all in support of Special Olympics Utah.

"It's a great community event. People get down here and get the spirit and they want to jump," says Lyn Rees, a torch run liaison.

Each jumper paid $25 to leap into 30-degree water. The entire event brought in around $15,000.

Athletes use the money raised for training, housing, transportation, team uniforms and other needed funding.

Special Olympics Utah's next competition is the Winter Games, set for March 27. Athletes will compete in Alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

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