Polar Plunge: Beard Edition

One of the highlights of Giving Hearts day at CCRI is all of the fun surrounding the Polar Plunge. Whether you’re looking to register as a plunger or a chicken, there are a variety of ways to get involved and be a part of the solidarity shown in supporting the community. It’s a perfect opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and make a positive impact.

Mitch and his team.

If you’ve never done a polar plunge, you might be wondering what the experience is like. Look no further than Mitch Benson and the two bearded ladies on his team for insight. If you know Mitch, you know he sports a full grizzly beard. A key part of the Polar Plunge experience is dressing up, and Mitch’s team capitalized on the opportunity the beard offered. What better way to combat the inevitable chills of the Polar Plunge than with a warm bushy beard? Mitch and the two ladies in his team all adopted the bearded look for the event, with Mitch’s beard surprisingly being the shortest. A few touches of camouflage, as Mitch is a true outdoorsman, and their look was complete. While I can’t comment on how warm the beards actually were in the water, they certainly looked the part for the Polar Plunge and epitomized the teamwork element of the event.

The short version of the description of the Polar Plunge experience would of course just be that it was cold. It’s true. Aside from the chilled water, the Fargo-Moorhead weather in February does enough to freeze us all on its own accord. The deeper you look, however, one realizes the warmth radiating from both teamwork and in knowing we are united in supporting our community. Speaking of warmth, there will also be a hot tub a few short steps away this year- a Polar Plunge must. What will your Polar Plunge experience look like?


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