Thousands of dollars raised at 2018 Kirksville Polar Plunge

Thousands raised at 2018 Polar Plunge (Photo: Amber Draper/KTVO)

Heartland residents braved the below freezing temperatures Saturday afternoon to participate in the 2018 Polar Plunge at Thousand Hills State Park near Kirksville.

Participants and teams made their way down the beach and submerged themselves into the icy water.

“I kind of blocked it out of my mind until today. People keep telling me it’s going to be cold like I don’t know," said participate Sheryl Dorrell.

Proceeds from the event benefit children and adults who have disabilities and are involved in Special Olympics programs.

Participants say supporting a good cause is what gives them the strength to face the unbearable.

“As elementary teachers, I feel we always do wonderful crazy things to support our students," said Rachel Hix.

Some of the top teams were Greek Corner Gypros, Phi Delta's White Tigers, and Nemo's Nemesis.

For those who are considering getting involved next year, current participants say you should give it a try.

“All the anticipation is a lot more scary than the event itself," said Hix.

Many teams came in costumes and some even came in swimsuits.

This was Sarah Hines second year participating.

She says she would do it all again next year.

“It was a lot of fun and really cold and worth it," said Hines.

In Kirksville, the campaign has already raised a little over $10,000.

If you would like to donate you may mail donations to Special Olympics Missouri, Polar Kirksville Plunge, 2300 Frederick Ave, Suite 204, St. Joseph, MO 64506.

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