Cold Hard Numbers

The Polar Plunge is proof that numbers don’t lie. While some might agree you can’t quantify the experience, the cold hard numbers really do say a lot about the event. This year will be the 4th annual Polar Plunge. We’re about a week and a half away from the event, and there are 18 teams registered who have raised more than $4,000 already. There’s still plenty of time to join the fun and increase some of those numbers.

The number that plungers are probably most interested in is the forecast. Last year, participants were lucky enough to enjoy twenty degree weather and a hint of sunshine. This year, early forecasts are suggesting it will be a little colder coming in around nine degrees. Even the chickens, those who fundraise without committing to plunge, might feel a little draft in the air if this holds true. The few thousand gallons of water will without a doubt be crisp and chilly with its temperature hanging around the freezing point. The anticipation of the plunge takes up arguably more time than the actual plunge, as plungers teeter on the platform above the pool imagining what waits below. If the initial leap was impressive, a plunger could spend a full second gracefully hanging in the air and striking a pose before dropping into the frigid waters. A plunger might spend a total time of around eight seconds floundering around in the water before leaping out. As quickly as plungers fall into the water, their dash to the heated area seems even faster to those watching.

All in all the entire experience would be complete within mere minutes, as the heat from the hot tub works quickly to have the plungers fully recovered from their icy dip. The body’s internal clock might remember the first few moments in the water as lasting a little longer than they did in reality, but the numbers don’t lie. With the benefits from the Polar Plunge, moments like these have the potential to make a lasting and significant impact on hundreds of lives here within our own community.  If you would like to register for the event or donate to support a participant, follow the link here.


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