Saturday's Polar Plunge for Special Olympics drew a record number of participants, with more than 1,000 people jumping into the chilly waters of Goose Lake for charity.

Special Olympics CEO Jim Balamaci said the event has grown every year.

"We've had over 7,000 plungers in the last nine years, close to 75,000 donors and over $2.5 million raised to really drive our mission statewide, which is to provide year-round sports competition for people with intellectual disabilities," Balamaci said.

Balamaci said this year's event was expected to raise $300,000, much of which stays in-state to support Alaskan athletes.

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