Rapid City Polar Plunge jumpers raise $69,000 for Special Olympics

A man jumps into freezing cold water in the 2019 Polar Plunge

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The 2019 Rapid City Polar Plunge raised over $69,000 for the Special Olympics South Dakota on Saturday.

Groups, businesses, and organizations from across the Rapid City area used Saturday’s warm temperatures to jump into freezing cold waters. But no matter the conditions, organizers are always impressed with the community’s commitment to the event.

“They really have a love and caring compassion for people,” said Polar Plunge Committee member Joe Burmeister. “They come out with vigor and enthusiasm every year regardless.”

The Polar Plunge is one of many fundraising events organized by the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Entering the Polar Plunge requires participants to raise at least $100, but this year’s 273 jumpers were able to raise far more than the bare minimum. With over $69,000 dollars raised this weekend, Rapid City was able to show its dedication to good causes.

Vice President of Law Enforcement Torch Run Todd Bradwisch said that all funds raised in polar plunges stay in South Dakota to help support the growing number of athletes across the state. “We have 2,500 athletes across the state of South Dakota,” Bradwisch said, “that’s up 400 from last year.”

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