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Polar Plunge raises money for Special Olympics New York

CHARLOTTE, NY (WROC-TV) - You never know what you're going to see at the Polar Plunge! There's a mix of crazy outfits, fun people and freezing cold water which sets up a pretty interesting afternoon.

On an ordinary day, you'd be crazy to run into Lake Ontario in the middle of February but the Polar Plunge is no ordinary event. Nearly 2,000 people ran into the freezing water earlier this afternoon for causes close to their hearts.

The Rochester Polar Plunge benefits Special Olympics New York and is the largest one benefiting that cause across the state. They aimed at raising $250,000. The money raised helps cover the costs associated with running their events. With that type of impact, the Polar Plunge attracts a wide variety of people.

"My mom passed away and I wanted to do something in her honor and I couldn't think of a better cause to do it" said participant Thomas Pagano.

Another participant, Molly Horse added, "It means a lot to me, I work in a group home so it really hits home for me."

With this year's plunge all over, the only question left remaining at the end was... How was it?

"Great, I'm fantastic. I wanna go again" said one eager participant. "He's nuts" added his friend.

Event organizer say the money raised in events such as today's polar plunge play a vital role in ensuring that their athletes don't have to spend any money to participate.

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