Two hundred-forty hardy individuals jumped into Clark Lake this morning.  They were doing it for a cause—the Law Enforcement Polar Plunge that benefits Special Olympics.  

To be sure, the water was cold, about 32 degrees.  The air temperature was 34 degrees at the Point—very different from last year’s Polar Plunge when the temperature held at -18.   Still, those who made the plunge will tell you that the icy water and the cold air was well beyond “refreshing.”  Be sure to check out the photos and video.

Video: Rick Belcher

The idea behind the Polar Plunge is to raise money for Special Olympics.  At the time of this writing, it looks this event will have generated $40,000 for the cause.  The Plunge brings out competitive spirits.  Here are those recognized at the After Splash party. 

Top Individual – Sue Vogt
Top Team – Jen Mead, family & friends
Top School – Adrian College
Top Law Enforcement – Jackson Michigan State Police
Top MDOC – Cotton Facility
Best Costume – Mario & Luigi

  • Top Individual and Top Team
  • Top MDOC Team
  • Top School
  • Top Law Enforcement
  • Best Costume

John Gates, pictured with red shirt, presented the award.

Now, here are the jumpers, caught in mid-flight, courtesy of photographer Jessie Tucker.