7th Annual Polar Plunge

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By Thomas Patrick

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Updated: Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:43:26 MST

Hundreds didn't just brave the cold air temperatures today, but cold water temps as well.

  The 7th annual polar plunge had everyone freezin' for a reason today at the Rushmore Mall.  All the crazy costumes, and even crazier people, attended the event and they weren't getting talked out of it.  But some admit there is no good way to prepare for the jump.

  The Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics South Dakota hosted the event, but had a lot of help from other agencies such as Rapid City Police Department, Rapid City Fire Department, and Pennington County Search and Rescue.  The polar plunge is the only public fundraiser for the South Dakota Special Olympics, and some individuals raised over 2,000 dollars.

"We do this every year. And Special Olympics has no other fundraising sources than private contributions. And so what we do is we come together, we get a bunch of good hearted people and strong hearted people to support the cause,” says Dave Stratton, a Board Representative with Law Enforcement Torch Run.

  The air temperatures at the start of the event was 21-degrees with light snow, while the water temperature was a balmy 38-degrees.

Rapid City
Current: 68 °
Broken Clouds
High: 81
Low: 55
Wind: 3 MPH
Pressure: 30.23
Humidity: 68%
SD Temps