UPDATE: Freezin' For A Reason

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UPDATE 2/10/2014 10:45 AM

It's really become a popular winter movement across the country.

And Saturday many were freezin' for a reason.

The Polar Plunge took place Saturday afternoon at City Park.

The plungers, as they're called, showed up in costumes and swim gear to jump two at a time into a freezing cold pool.

And it's all for a very special cause - the plunge benefits the Special Olympics of West Virginia.

WTAP'S Brooke Thibodaux joined the fun.

Special Olympics officials say they look forward to this event every year.

"I think that we can all suffer for a few minutes to ensure that these Special Olympics athletes have some moments of glory and moments of fun in their lives and what we're doing now will pay off when they come to Parkersburg in the fall and compete for three days and have a blast and have some experiences they'll always remember. So yeah, we can take this," says John Corbett, CEO of the Special Olympics of West Virginia.

Those who did participate earned a t-shirt and were treated to an after party at the Blennerhasset Hotel to get that much deserved warm up.

Freezin' for a reason.

The Special Olympics of West Virginia holds its Polar Plunge Saturday.

It's happening at 3 p.m. Saturday at Parkersburg City Park.

You must donate at least $50 to jump.

Money raised enables Special Olympics athletes in the Mountain State to participate in year-round sports training and competition.

Registration starts at 1:30 Saturday, followed by a costume contest at 2:30.

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