Polar Plunge slated for Feb. 10 in Parkersburg

Raises funds for Special Olympics

File Photo Kristi Clegg, left, and Codie Richards, right, jump into the freezing water for Special Olympics West Virginia at last year’s Polar Plunge in Parkersburg.

PARKERSBURG — When it’s too hot for some, it’s just right at Polar Plunge 2018 — Freezin’ for a Reason — to benefit Special Olympics West Virginia.

The annual event will be held Feb. 10 at the Point Park Marketplace where spokesman and event coordinator Cheryl Baxter recommends participants bring something warm to change into after their dip in the pool.

“It’ll be cold,” she said.

Festivities begin with registration at 1:30 p.m., which also is when the festival area opens. A costume contest will be held 2:30 p.m., followed by the presentation “How to Survive the Plunge” at 2:55 p.m.

The plunge begins at 3 p.m.

File Photo Ashley Hysell dressed as Rocky Balboa for the 2017 Polar Plunge in Parkersburg to benefit Special Olympics West Virginia. This year’s plunge is Feb. 10 at the Point Park Marketplace.

“It’s going to be pretty much like it was before” at previous events, Baxter said.

Proceeds from the Polar Plunge go to Special Olympics.

Participants, either individuals or teams of four, obtain pledges from contributors for their plunge into the icy-cold pool.

Swag is awarded to jumpers based on the amount of pledges. The more money pledged, the more awarded.

T-shirts are awarded for $50 in pledges, a mug and a T-shirt for $200, a fleece, mug and a T-shirt for $350 and a gift certificate for dinner, a fleece, a mug and a T-shirt for pledges totalling $500.

Special awards also will be given for the individual or team of four that raises the most money, the individual with the best costume and the team with the best costumes.

Jumpers should bring a robe or jacket, shoes or slippers to wear while waiting and after the plunge. Extra towels are recommended and diving will not be permitted.

Information and registration forms are available online at http://bit.ly/2DYDsfMl. More than 40 contestants have so far registered in Parkersburg with more than 200 interested, Baxter said.

Polar Plunges are held across the state. The plunge is Saturday in Hurricane, in Morgantown on Feb. 17, in Huntington on Feb. 24 and in Beckley on March 3.

Organizers also want residents to attend the Polar Plunge and watch the activities. The After Plunge Party is held at 3:30 p.m. at the marketplace after the Polar Plunge is completed.

“We encourage people to come out and take part in the day,” Baxter said. “You don’t have to jump.”