Registration open for annual Special Olympics Polar Plunge

CHIPPEWA LAKE – The sixth annual Chippewa Lake Polar Plunge will take place on Feb. 23 at East Bay General Store and Chippewa Lake Public Access site.

The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge remains the same – to raise money for Area 5 Special Olympics athletes from Mecosta and Osceola County. Last year, the local event raised more than $18,300.

Registration will begin at 11 a.m. on Feb. 23 at East Bay General Store, located on East Chippewa Drive. Participants are encouraged to get creative with their plunging costumes, and the costume parade will begin at 12:30 p.m., with the plunge immediately following.

Awards and a post-plunge party will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Chippewa Township Community Building.

Across the state, 27 polar plunges for Special Olympics will take place in 2013. Polar plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run event. LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics globally. The group consists of officers from both law enforcement and corrections, who raise funds and create awareness for Special Olympics of Michigan year round.

The polar plunges help raise funds for more than 19,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. Special Olympics Michigan is a year-round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Although sports are the “vehicle,” the ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help people with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.

For more information or to register in advance, visit www.somi.org or contact director Pat Rosales at (231) 867-3034 or prosales@centurytel.net.

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