The air was slightly colder than the water, but not a big difference as both were bone chilling.  That didn’t stop the polar plunging at Clark Lake yesterday.  The turnout pushed Special Olympics toward its goal.  According to their website at the time of this writing, the amount raised so far is $48,800.

Submerging yourself in 36 degree water certainly has its effects, as you will find in this video.  Participants will tell where they are from and why they came to Clark Lake to make the jump.  Included are plunging highlights, and post jump comments. The Polar Plunge is presented by the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Michigan, which explains their strong turnout.  The Eagle’s Nest venue was the gathering spot before, during and after the event.  The plungers and those who came to watch enjoyed owner Blair Huff’s warm welcome.


Who were the top fundraisers?  They were congratulated at the post plunge party at the Eagle’s Nest.

Top Individual Fundraiser
Lisa Hendricks, $6,827

Top Team Fundraiser
Jackson Emergency Response Team, $5,760

Top Law Enforcement Fundraising Team
Jackson Police Department, $4,815

Top MDOC Fundraising Team
Jackson Emergency Response, $5,760

Youngest Plunger
Klaire Scanlon (12 years old)

Best Costume
Jason Duncan

Best Team Costume