BAZETTA TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WYTV) – Ohio’s Polar Plunge season kicked off Saturday at Mosquito Lake State Park in Bazetta Township.
The annual event is a fundraiser for the Special Olympics.
The concept is simple, participants get donations and agree to walk, jump, run or crawl into the frigid water.
Now in its ninth year at the lake, organizers said the event continues to draw a lot of participants.
“This is the kickoff to the Ohio Polar Plunge season for Special Olympics Ohio. It is our first event. We had about 150 plungers and we raised about $25,000,” said Paige Ludwig, Special Olympics Ohio.
Participants must raise pledges of $50 to $100 to take part.
Those who want to help but don’t want to get cold can also pledge $30 dollars.