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It'll be interesting to see how many cool fools jump through a hole cut in the ice of a Muskego Pond today for the Polar Plunge fundraiser for Special Olympics. Right now it's about 75 degrees warmer inside than out and close to 30 degrees colder than Jan. 1st when I took my first plunge. And it's very windy.
One team I'm familiar with has raised $1700.00 in pledges! They will probably feel sharp stabbing cold momentarily, but the thought of helping with such a great cause will surely keep them warm inside. That and the hot tub, the heated changing tent, the food...
That's probably the biggest difference between this and the January 1st Bradford plunge. When I jumped into Lake Michigan I was on my own. I didn't know what to bring or how it would go. There were no hot tubs, no fundraisers I knew of and the only food is what you packed in yourself. People came to sober up from the night before or just to watch people play in the frigid waves. I can just imagine the commercial possibilities.
update: the weather was too cold for the plunge today. Instead, "plungers" had the opportunity to jump in a kiddie pool in the heated tent. Not what a lot of them were expecting I'm sure, though some had to have been glad the hole never got cut in the ice.