Local Jumps In Polar Plunge

By: Elizabeth Donatelli Email
By: Elizabeth Donatelli Email

February 1, 2007

Thousands of people are baring everything this weekend and stripping down for the 15th annual Polar Plunge in Virginia Beach.

"Pretty much it's a bunch of crazy people running into the ocean in February," said plunger Hunter Crain.

Thousands of people, like hunter, jump into the Atlantic every February to raise money for the Special Olympics.

"Cold, tingly, it's gong to take a little while to get used to," said Hunter.

"I'm just thrilled that I don't have to go in with him. He keeps asking me to go and I haven't broken down yet," said Hunter's mother Clair Crain.

He's not just freezing, he's also raising money.

"Over $10,580 dollars," Hunter said.

"So roughly half of our operating budget for a year, so that's pretty impressive and we are really really excited that Hunter was able to achieve all that. It's just really impressive," said Area 3 Coordinator Gene Arnold.

About 75 percent of the money he raised will go to the the local chapter.

Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo is also planning on plunging.

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