Hundreds Jump into Superior Bay for Duluth's Polar Plunge

Updated: February 15, 2020 10:16 PM

Hundreds lined up to plunge into Superior Bay today to raise money for Special Olympics. 


Many wore unique costumes and outfits. And some jumped hand in hand with their family and friends.

The annual event helps support Special Olympics of Minnesota which focuses on inclusion for adults and kids with intellectual disabilities.

Those participating said it wasn't as bad as they thought it would be.

"When you first hit the water, some year's if its cold the water is actually warmer than the air temperature so it's not bad," said Ryan Temple of the Duluth Police Department. "You know when you get out, you run into the tent quick. We have a heated tent and we have a heated turbo tunnel right behind us here and you warm up quick."

Like in years past, this year's event also brought some first time plungers. One said she had never seen anything like it.

"I am from Brazil and they told me it would be summer here and I guess it's not," said polar plunge participant Jana Gunderson. "My friends they said I would not be able to do it and I said yes I can do it. I wll be able to do it and on Wednesday we decided to create my account to get money and I got way more than I was expecting which I was super happy and I did it."

No matter what prompted people to plunge, it all goes towards a good cause.

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