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Icy waters don't stop divers from taking the plunge

Updated: Saturday, February 22 2014, 10:43 PM CST
Posted by Don Yeager (

Warm temperatures may have taken the "polar" out of the 9th Annual Harrisburg Polar Plunge, but it was still for a good cause.

All money raised will benefit the Special Olympics PA - Area M which provides sports training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities in 19 different sports.

Over 700 people participated in the event. The festivities kicked off with a costume contest.

For those too scared to take the plunge, they could be "Chicken Plungers." They were held to the same fundraising standards as regular plungers, but when it came time to time, they stood along the side and did the chicken dance.

The plunge was originally scheduled to take place at City Island on February 1st, but ice issues forced it to be rescheduled and the location changed to the Gifford Pinchot State Park.

And while the thermometer was in the 50's, the ice was not backing down without a fight.

Sledgehammers and chainsaws had to be used to break up the ice before anyone could attempt the plunge.

The event raised $120,000 for the Special Olympics.Icy waters don't stop divers from taking the plunge

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