Inflated pink flamingos, faces painted like goblins, and mullets paired with camouflage were just a few of the crazy costumes that teams at Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics in Bloomington, Illinois wore as a way to show enthusiasm for all the money they raised for the cause.
Polar Plunge is an event held annually to raise money for the Special Olympics in which teams or singles raise a minimum of $75 and in return take a dip in a freezing cold lake. Sounds crazy, but it was actually quite entertaining.
I didn’t take the plunge myself, but I was there watching as my boyfriend and some of his fellow fraternity mates stripped down to their ‘unmentionables’ and dove into the icy lake which served as a rude awakening to an early Sunday morning.
Getting up at 9:00a.m. isn’t exactly my cup of tea, especially after a long night of drinking. After a leisurely 45min drive of good tunes, seeing all the excited teams waiting in anticipation of the frosty plunge made me forget that just a short time ago I was wishing for a little more shut-eye.
Bystanders watched through a fence as the team they supported made way to a small beach where they waited in line to hear ‘1-2-3 PLUNGE!’ and then did as they were told. Some teams wore matching t-shirts and shorts, others neon green jumpsuits, and some simply in swim suites. Regardless of the garment, I was just glad it was them running through the murky water and not me.
“My balls are freezing!” was a popular phrase that came out some of the guys’ mouths as they made way back to solid ground and out of the liquid torture. I don’t think the old ladies nearby appreciated it much, but it was entertaining none the less.
I don’t know if I’ll make the plunge next year either, but I’ll be more than happy to make another donation to see some more of those crazy teams make the plunge.