A polar bear plunge held Saturday at Owen Beach in Point Defiance Park raised more than $70,500 for the Special Olympics, organizer Ed Troyer said.
Hundreds of people turned out for the “Freezin’ for a Reason” event, which included a quick afternoon dip in the chilly Puget Sound waters. About 225 participants signed up beforehand.
It was the first time the plunge was held in Tacoma to benefit the Special Olympics. Tacoma joined seven other cities that hold similar events the raise funds for the 10,000 athletes statewide.