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Published March 02, 2013, 05:15 PM

Hundreds take the plunge to raise money for Special Olympics

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- People in Grand forks must have forgotten it's just March, because about a hundred folks took "the plunge" into icy water today.

By: Lezlie Johnson, WDAZ, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- People in Grand forks must have forgotten it's just March, because about a hundred folks took "the plunge" into icy water today.

An annual event, that did raise thousands of dollars for the Special Olympics.

It's a cold way to raise money...

Sgt. Aaron Hummel/ND Highway Patrol: "It gets easier, I guess less challenging for me."

...and although some have taken the plunge before...stepping onto the platform makes them nervous.

Aaron: "The anticipation of the cold water which is very cold."

The Annual Polar Plunge has people taking a short jump into a pool filled with very cold water....all to raise money for Special Olympics North Dakota.

Kathy Meagher/Special Olympics of ND: "This is an extreme sport, so if you've never plunged in 9-degree weather you need to do it so you can brag to the rest of the world you have that kind of courage."

Some local law enforcement officials traded in their badges for costumes to jump into the cold waters right behind me.

Chad Johnson: "This is just sort of a wacky way to raise some money and do something different."

This is the 5th year Chad Johnson has taken the plunge...and today, his wife is joining him for the first time.

Tina Johnson: "I teach at Sacred Heart Elementary so I wanted to show my students that you can have fun and help others at the same time."

Last year the plunge raised nearly 20-thousand dollars when all was said and done....and those who participate year after year say getting a little cold is a small price to pay for helping out a good cause.

Aaron: "You do realize that's just a short term shock and you're able to move on."

Prizes were given for best costume, youngest and oldest plungers and to people who raised the most money.

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