Thursday, April 17, 2014

'Freezin' for a Reason': Polar plunge held to benefit Special Olympics Utah

Deseret News

Published: Sat, Feb. 22 9:25 p.m. MST

 Eric Flores dives into Utah Lake as more than 300 participants jumped into Pelican Bay Marina in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Special Olympics Utah and the Utah County Law Enforcement Agencies sponsored the fundraiser.

Eric Flores dives into Utah Lake as more than 300 participants jumped into Pelican Bay Marina in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Special Olympics Utah and the Utah County Law Enforcement Agencies sponsored the fundraiser.

(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Eric Flores dives into Utah Lake as more than 300 participants jumped into Pelican Bay Marina in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.

Special Olympics Utah and Utah County law enforcement agencies sponsored the fundraiser. The Saratoga Springs and Lehi police departments joined together to host "Freezin' for a Reason." Members of both police departments participated in the event, which was open to the public.

It is the sixth year that a polar plunge has been held to benefit Special Olympics Utah. The first plunge, in 2008, featured 60 participants. Last year, 200 took to the frigid waters and raised $25,000.

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