At noon today, Rochester, NY had several hundred people run into the icy Lake Ontario at Charlotte Beach. In total, these charitable and enthusiastic participants raised over $171,000 in support of our local Special Olympics. Three of the teams raised over $7,000 dollars each. WOW! It was quite the sight, seeing people dressed up in many different costumes and uniforms taking the plunge. We even had the opportunity to see Monroe County Sheriff, Todd Baxter, holding hands with one of our own Special Olympians, carrying the torch into the water and submerging himself. After coming back up from the water, he had a quick search for his glasses that turned out to be successful.
After the first group of Special Olympians made their way back out of the water, there were waves of 50+ people taking their journey into the freezing lake. Some people walked calmly into the frigid waters while others ran full bore, diving head first into the frozen slush. Some of the adventurers walked out to the edges of the plunging area and fell backwards into the water, while others sat in the water and enjoyed their time with the ice chunks. Smiles were everywhere.
It was great to see so many people come together for an awesome cause and I would like to applaud all those who raised money and then threw themselves into that arctic basin. I enjoyed taking pictures while bundled in 2 pairs of pants, 4 layers of shirts, my gloves, hat, and boots. To see more of Rochester’s 2018 Polar Plunge, click on my gallery link here: Polar Plunge 2018.