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Polar plunge set Feb. 8

Last updated: January 10. 2014 3:34PM - 1030 Views
By - kstrange@civitasmedia.com



During last year's first-ever Surry County Parks and Recreation Polar Plunge, about eight people braved the cold to jump into the Yadkin River at Fisher River State Park. This year, the event, which benefits the Special Olympics of Surry County and the Yadkin Valley Senior Games, is expected to draw dozens of participants.
During last year's first-ever Surry County Parks and Recreation Polar Plunge, about eight people braved the cold to jump into the Yadkin River at Fisher River State Park. This year, the event, which benefits the Special Olympics of Surry County and the Yadkin Valley Senior Games, is expected to draw dozens of participants.
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Have you ever wanted to toss your mother-in-law into a cold river?


What about your boss?


If the thought has crossed your mind, now is your chance.


The Surry County Parks and Recreation Department is busy planning the second-annual Polar Plunge, set for Feb. 8, at Fisher River State Park.


Organizer and department Director Daniel White said the event, which benefits the Special Olympics of Surry County and the Yadkin Valley Senior Games, is rapidly becoming a community favorite.


“Last year was the first time we did it, and it was kind of a trial run,” he said. “It turned out to be very successful, with the eight participants thoroughly enjoying it.”


During the inaugural event, the department raised about $1,000, a total they hope to eclipse this year.


“This year it looks like we’re going to be able to raise more than that, since we have about 20 people signed up already,” White said. “We have one team with six people on it signed up, but we’d love to see many more people participate.”


During the event, participants will be divided into teams, and time slots will be assigned to each team so spectators can enjoy the action.


But there is a little work to be done.


To “toss yourself” into the river, participants must raise a minimum of $100.


And then the fun starts.


If you’d rather “toss your mate” into the frigid water, a minimum of $150 must be raised.


To “toss your parents,” (with permission of the parents, of course) it will cost a minimum of $250.


To toss a boss, pastor, principal, teacher or police officer, a minimum of $500 is needed.


Organizers were tight-lipped about some of the participants this year, but noted that a minister or two, perhaps a police chief, and maybe even a school administrator will be taking the plunge.


“It’s going to be an awesome event,” White said. “Last year we did it in March, and the water was a chilly 40 degrees. This year we moved it up to early February, so it should be quite cold.”


White said all participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt.


“We will also have EMS personnel, including a diver, on hand, and there will be a heated tent set up to warm up and change after you take the plunge,” he said.


For more information, call 401-8235.


Reach Keith Strange at kstrange@civitasmedia.com or 719-1929.


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