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Polar Plunge returns to Charleston

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Once again, Special Olympics West Virginia will host its annual Polar Plunge at  6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 at Charleston's Appalachian Power Park.

Thrill-seekers and supporters of the Special Olympics -- some dressed in costume -- come out, brave the cold and jump into a pool filled with icy, cold water to help raise money and awareness for the charitable group.

Special Olympics West Virginia serves over 5,000 athletes from all over the state, children and adults who are mentally challenged, as they compete in four multi-day, state level competitions, as well as dozens of local and regional events throughout the year, according to the SOWV website.

John Corbett, chief executive officer for SOWV said he wasn't sure how concerns about the drinking water caused by the January 9 chemical leak would affect attendance.

"We can't really plan for that," he said. "I'm going to be there and a lot of my friends are undeterred by it. Hopefully, a quick dip in and out will be fine."

So far, the national weather service is calling for rain and snow Saturday night, but that never seems to stop anyone. 

Corbett added, "The people who come out make this a good time."

For more information about the plunge or Special Olympics West Virginia, call 304-345-9310 or visit them online at www.polarplunge.com/charleston Reach Bill Lynch at lynch@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.


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