10th annual Polar Plunge in York County
YORK COUNTY, Pa. (WOLF) —
The 10th annual Polar Plunge raised money for the Special Olympics this weekend in York County.
Dozens stripped down to their skivvies to jump in the icy Susquehanna. With the river's temperature at a balmy 34 degrees, the water was colder than the outside air.
Experienced plungers say the secret to avoiding the shock is to stay cold.
And even if you were too chicken to brave the icy river you could still do a chicken dance to donate to the cause.
Plunge veterans and first-timers alike say it was a great event that brought the community closer together.
Jennifer Kohler, who is taking her first polar plunge, said, "It's great. Everyone just embraces it with a lot of fun. We've got some superheroes coming here, people with chicken hats, even people that don't want to go in. They are participating. They are here cheering people on. We're excited when we get to do something for the community."
Organizers say the plunge raised more than $76,000 for Special Olympics York County.