Take the Polar Plunge

Weather forecasters say it will be in the 40s when this year’s Polar Plunge participants dive into icy water to benefit the Special Olympics.

The event is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. outside The Commons, 300 Washington St.

It costs a minimum donation of $75 for adults and $50 for students, and there is a $5 admission for the “After Splash Bash” for those who decide to skip the diving into the water but still want to celebrate.

Last year, 62 individuals and 11 teams in Columbus raised nearly $13,150 for Special Olympics. Many of the participants dressed in zany costumes for the event.

Proceeds from the Polar Plunge provide money for more than 11,000 Special Olympics Indiana athletes to compete in competitive events.

Similar events are planned in 16 different cities across the state, including Bloomington and Indianapolis.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.