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Polar Plunge for Special Olympics in Wausau Saturday


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- The Polar Plunge is Saturday in Wausau, and people are preparing for the Special Olympics fundraiser.

Volunteers spent part of Thursday setting up the site at Man-Made Lake at Wausau’s Sunnyvale Park, which included cutting big chunks of ice.

Organizer Alyssa Matelski says you can still register today and tomorrow. "Friday from 1:00 until 6:30, at Sunnyvale, you can come out and register right on site, and the volunteers will get you all set up and ready to got, or you can come Saturday morning from 10 am until Noon and register as well."

Matelski says Sunnyvale Park and the Manmade Lake is a great place for the Plunge. "It's a good venue for viewing, spectators can come out because we've got a bit of manmade arena I guess you could say. People can stand on the top and be able to look down. Wausau has a lot of beautiful parks and we're lucky enough to be able to use one."

Many people dress up for the event. Matelski says the crazy costumes that people wear are now part of the culture of the plunge. "It's fun dressing up and the Polar Plunge give you one more opportunity to break out that crazy costume, and we have some costume contests that go along... and everything's funner in a costume, right?"

The Polar Plunge starts at noon on Saturday. Every plunger needs to raise $75, and Special Olympics is hoping to raise $112,000 for this year's plunge. Matelski is expecting around 600 people to participate.

Plungers must wear shoes as a safety precaution.