(02/07/14) - Forget about those sub zero temperatures that have been polarizing Mid-Michigan lately, that won't get in the way of Saturday afternoon's 5th annual Fenton Moose Lodge Polar Plunge.
"This is probably the coldest one we've had. Last year was cold, but this one might beat it," said Pat Peters, Area 13 Special Olympics director.
More than 240 people have signed up to take that big leap into Lake Fenton, and if history repeats itself, expect a rather interesting cast of characters.
"You never know what you'll see out here. Last year, the best was this man dressed like a little old lady, it was great, with a walker and everything," Peters said.
This year's plunge has already raised $35,000 for the Area 13 Special Olympics.
"It is critical. It is the only way we get funding. This is our number one fundraiser of the year," said volunteer Dale Potter.
"We have 60 athletes up in Traverse City right now having winter games and having fun up there. Snow shoeing, cross country and downhill skiing, and that pays for all those activities," Peters said.
Back to those bone chilling conditions expected for Saturday's plunge - some are actually looking forward to it.
"It's great. It just feels invigorating. You just get out there and just feel refreshed," said Mike Daughtery, volunteer.
There's no doubt about it - it will be cold on Saturday for the Polar Plunge, colder than it's ever been on Plunge Day at Lake Fenton, but organizers are doing whatever they can to make sure the event goes off and that everyone stays safe.
"In case there's need for an ambulance, we'll have one on site, as well as divers in and out of the water helping. We'll have places to warm up and a place to change at. We'll cover all the bases here," Peters said.
Registration for the Fenton Moose Lodge Polar Plunge begins Saturday at 11 a.m., with the Plunge itself at 1 p.m.
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