Special Olympics Illinois Area 6 Director Jill Speer said 770 people have already signed up for the polar plunge on Saturday. (Photo by Laura Ewan/WJBC)
By Eric Stock
BLOOMINGTON - Bloomington will host the largest Special Olympics Polar Plunge in the state on Saturday as more than 770 participants will plunge into Miller Park Lake.
"Our plunge is so large that we built in a second shift, so there's five plunge teams going at 10:30 a.m. They are our largest teams of about 200 people," Special Olympics Illinois Area 6 Director Jill Speer said.
Each plunger collects a minimum of $75 to help raise money for more than 21,000 Special Olympic athletes in the state as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.
Pre-registration begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and the main plunge begins at noon. You can also pre-register from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight at Pub II in Normal.
The post-plunge party will include cookies, hot chocolate and coffee on site.
Eleven team members from Radio Bloomington will be taking the plunge too. You can donate here.
Eric Stock can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.