Have you ever heard of those insane people that dive into the frigid winter waters and call it ‘a good time’? I may be one of those people. For the past five years I have been a participant of the Polar Plunge that takes place the first weekend in March in North Hempstead on Long Island.
The Polar Plunge is an all day event that fundraises in support of the Special Olympics-New York team. There are almost 65,000 athletes that need our support to train and compete at the Special Olympics each year and by raising $400, one athlete is covered for the season. This is such an incredible cause to support and the Polar Plunge has been my favorite event to attend each year.
Everyone thinks we are crazy, the Plungers as they call us, but the adrenaline high you get from running into the water with a couple hundred other people, all in support of this great cause is just priceless. We all pile up by the shore, running in place trying to keep ourselves warm when most of us are wearing nothing but our bikinis and speedos and we wait for the countdown. It starts and everyone is yelling and cheering and pumping each other up for the big Plunge. The whistle blows and in less than five minutes all of us are back by the tents drying off and ready to celebrate. I wish I could explain the feeling in words but it just isn’t possible. I will say that after your first Plunge, you’ll be back for more.