Special Olympic’s Polar Plunge is This Saturday in Quincy
This Saturday will mark the 20th anniversary of the very first Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge in Quincy.
Dennis Oliver and I were the MC's for the event and we have done it every year since year one. We both will be there again this Saturday. Since then thousands of people have braved the cold and sometimes frigid temperature to plunge into Moorman Lake all for a great cause...Special Olympics.
The Quincy Fire Department will be on hand with firefighters in wet suits in the water if anyone needs help in getting out after their plunge. A few years ago, I witnessed the firefighters take nearly two hours to actually cut the ice with chainsaws to open up a water "beach" area. It was exhausting work with the ice at least 9 to 10 inches thick that year. Who knows how thick this year's ice is after this winter. I guess we will find out Saturday.
This year plungers are asked to raise at least $100 for the opportunity to experience the icy waters this Saturday. They will come in all kinds of costumes as families, teams and some just as an individual to help raise money for Special Olympics Illinois. The real fun is watching everyone's face when they come out of the water. It is definitely a photo moment so bring your cameras.
The event starts at 12 noon with registration beginning at 10 a.m. For more information on being a part of this year's Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge, go to www.plungeillinois.com.