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Participants prepare to jump into Columbia's Bass Pro lake for the 15th annual Columbia Polar Plunge in 2022 (file photo courtesy of Special Olympics Missouri's Krista Evans)

(AUDIO): Cooler temperatures expected for Saturday’s polar plunge in Columbia

More than 200 participants have already registered for Saturday morning’s Columbia polar plunge at Bass Pro Shops Lake.

Special Olympics Missouri health and development manager Krista Evans tells 939 the Eagle that all  proceeds will benefit training and competition for the thousands of SOMO athletes across the state.

“What we are doing is first we are raising funds for Special Olympics Missouri that stays specifically here in central Missouri. But we’re also just raising awareness for our athletes and all the programs that we offer,” Evans says.

Saturday morning’s registration begins at 10 and the opening ceremony begins at noon. The Polar Plunge is open to anyone ten years or older who wants to have a good time for a good cause. Zimmer radio stations Clear-99 and Y-107 are two of this year’s sponsors.

“The plunging kind of originated as our athletes they go through barriers every single day. And by us plunging we’re being brave and kind of showing them the respect that we understand what they’re going through and just a good way to show our support and also fundraise for our program at the same time,” says Evans.

The event is being hosted by Columbia Police. Each participant must raise at least $75 to jump in the lake.

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