Clarklake hosts annual Special Olympics Polar Plunge


CLARKLAKE, MI (WLNS) – As the torch is lit, and the fire department is in the water, participants are getting ready for the annual Polar Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics in Michigan.

“The event helps support over 350 athletes in Jackson County alone.”

Those athletes can thank more than 200 people registered for the plunge at Clark Lake today, the largest group of plungers they’ve seen here.

“Here we go. And they’re in the water.”

Even two of our own 6 News family, Emily Wahls and Chivon Kloepfer made the plunge.

Lieutenant John Chard is the Director of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics Michigan.

“There starts to be a, a camaraderie and also a competition that people begin to develop over the years and they keep coming back to the same site,” Chard said.

Kids like Logan Stahl also get the importance of the event.

“Considering that I like sports and I’m an athlete, I think it’s a really good cause to help out,” Stahl said.

They’re not joking around when it’s called the Polar Plunge.

“it was really cold but it was fun,” Stahl said.

“It’s very cold. And the air is a little warmer than the water so it makes it a lot worse.”

But everyone braves the cold so athletes can play with confidence.

“They’re inspired by law enforcement getting together to raise funds for them and the um, the other folks that are coming out to join us in raising money,” Chard said.

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