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Polar Plunge Raises $25,000

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EUGENE, Ore. — Dozens of people dove in to the bone-chilling Willamette River, all in the name of charity.

Saturday marked this year’s Polar Plunge hosted by Oregon law enforcement. This daring event is part of an annual tradition in Eugene. Participants dove right into the 44-degree water. Those taking the plunge spent the past few weeks raising money, and it certainly paid off. This year’s plunge helped raise more than $25,000 for the Special Olympics.

It may be a cold way to give back, but participants say they’re happy to promote such a worthy cause.

“This is my third year doing the plunge. Every year you’re terrified before you get there. Once you’re there, it’s amazing,” said participant Taryn Lowes.

People who took the plunge say they already plan on coming back next year.

KEZI 9 News was a proud participant in this year’s plunge. Brian Richardson, Brandi Smith, Marisa Woloszyn and Nha Nguyen all showed up to take the dip.

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