Police will take an icy plunge for a good cause on March 2

Minneapolis law enforcement officers and their supporters will be taking the plunge into the icy water of Lake Calhoun on Saturday, March 2 to raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota. The 2013 Polar Bear Plunge begins at 11 a.m. and will be held at Thomas Beach, Thomas Ave. S. and West Calhoun Parkway.

This is the seventh year that a Polar Bear Plunge has been sponsored by the Minneapolis Police Department, Minneapolis Park Police, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, the University of Minnesota Police Department and Metro Transit Police.

Last year’s Minneapolis Polar Bear Plunge raised $890,313 for Special Olympics Minnesota, an organization that offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition opportunities. With 3,932 jumpers, last year’s Minneapolis event also set another participation record. To view photos from last year’s plunge, visit http://www.plungemn.org/location/minneapolis.

If you think you’d like to take the plunge, you can register by visiting http://www.plungemn.org/register and selecting “Minneapolis-March 2” in the Event box. If you’d like to donate money on behalf of someone who will be taking the plunge, visit https://www.plungemn.org/index.php?page=find.

In addition to the plunge, a family-friendly 5K walk/run around Lake Calhoun begins at 9 a.m. To register for the 5K, visit http://www.plungemn.org/plunge5k.

Folks who’d prefer to cheer on the participants are welcome to come to Lake Calhoun and enjoy food, entertainment and kids’ games and face painting. If you’d like to stay dry and help out as a volunteer, go to Special Olympics website (click on the volunteer tab and then click on the Minneapolis plunge (Lake Calhoun).

 

Published Feb. 27, 2013