Polar Plunge to be held Sunday

GWINN — The Up North Lodge in Gwinn will host the 10th annual Marquette County Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Michigan on Sunday.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the parade of costumes starting promptly at 10:15 a.m. The plunge begins at 10:30 a.m. — participants will brave the cold and plunge into a pool in the parking lot of The Up North Lodge.

Awards and an After-Splash Bash party will begin immediately following the last plunger.

The Polar Plunge series is known for its zany costumes and courageous participants. After raising funds, these participants dress up in costume and prepare to plunge, ready to jump in and freeze their fur for a good cause. Money raised goes to providing free sports training, competition and health screenings for more than 23,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Michigan.

The annual Michigan Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge is the largest fundraiser for Special Olympics Michigan, raising more than $1 million dollars each year.

Some 30 Polar Plunges are scheduled to take place across Michigan this winter. A complete list of plunges can be found at PlungeMI.com.