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Polar bear plunge in Tacoma Saturday to benefit Special Olympics

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Feb. 20, 2013 at 1:16 pm |
February 20, 2013 6:49 pm

A polar bear plunge will be held in Tacoma this weekend to raise money for Special Olympics Washington.

The event will take place Saturday morning at Owen Beach in Point Defiance Park. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and the dip into cold water starts at noon. There will be heated tents for participants to change in, organizers said.

Those too fearful to jump in are invited to stand on the shoreline in the “chicken coop” and watch.

Participants have already raised more than $30,000. Signing up means the individual agrees to raise $50-75 for the Special Olympics.

About 225 people have signed up as of this afternoon.

“That’s really good for our first time out,” Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. This is the first year the event has been held in Tacoma.

Troyer and Fircrest Police Chief John Cheeseman said they will jump into Puget Sound in their uniforms if their online donations reach $1,000 each.

The plunge in Tacoma is one of eight being held this year to benefit the Special Olympics, which has roughly 10,000 athletes statewide.

To participate or donate, visit the event website.

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