Alaskans get ready to go 'freezin' for a reason' at Saturday's Polar Plunge
The 11th annual Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Alaska takes place Saturday. But, some people could not wait.
Members of Alaska law enforcement tested the water of Goose Lake Friday.
Among them was Alaska's Department of Public Safety Commissioner Amanda Price.
"Feeling cold, but so happy to be here for Special Olympics," she said as she joined Anchorage Police Officer Matt Fraize, U.S. Marshal Jimmy Johnson and Alaska State Troopers Director Colonel Barry Wilson who took the pre-plunge.
"The water's nice — it's warm when you get there, maybe a little chilly on the way out," Wilson said.
Organizers of the Polar Plunge said nearly 1,000 teams have registered for this year's event. And the group really relies on the community's support.
"This Polar Plunge, we anticipate will raise in the $300,000-$350,000 range," said Special Olympics Alaska CEO Sue Perles.
Last year's event featured overcast skies, but organizers expect near-perfect conditions this year.
"The sun is out, the ice is thick, we will have a wonderful time," Perles said.
First though, some of Alaska's top cops get a chance to dip more than their toes in the water.
"I think I liked getting out, but, I'm pretty sure my favorite part is going to be the hot tub," Price said after her ten-second plunge.
The tub is the reward for her and others after they go "freezin' for a reason."
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