Polar Plunge to continue despite warmer temps
Saturday's 9th annual Special Olympics Polar Plunge will continue at Goose Lake near the UAA campus despite the melting ice on the lake.
"The polar plunge, rain, snow or shine will go on," President and CEO of Special Olympics Alaska Jim Balamaci said. "Weather is not contingent to the polar plunge. There is plenty of water at Goose Lake."
Organizers will take a wait-and-see approach to see what happens with the weather.
"We want to stress safety first," Balamaci said. "The temps are supposed to get colder later in the week. It may get cold enough to hold the event on the ice."
Balamaci says they will wait until Thursday or Friday to make the final call. If the event is not on the ice, it will be on the shore.
"We may just have plungers run into the water from the shore," Balamaci said. "It would be the first time we've done it this way but again, safety first."
The event is expected to have over 1,000 participants and over 5,000 donors.
"The real story is getting the needed pledges to support our statewide athletes," Balamaci said. "We are an event organization-- we put on many events and safety is our first priority. They only way we'd cancel is if there was lightning or something."
If you would like to participate in the Polar Plunge this year, you don't need to be on a team. Head to the Special Olympics Alaska website here.
Sign up or donate on the right side of the page. If you are planning to attend the event as a plunger or spectator, you are asked to park at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on UAA campus and take the shuttle over to the lake. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 16, at Goose Lake.