Annual Virginia Beach Polar Plunge raises more than $1 million for 'cool' cause

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Posted at 10:01 AM, Feb 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-05 23:37:28-05

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - People of all ages flocked to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Saturday, February 5, wearing their favorite bathing suits — or costumes — to take an icy dip in the Atlantic Ocean as part of this year's Polar Plunge.

This year's event included 1- and 4-mile runs, a costume contest and parade along the Boardwalk, live music and free hot drinks, all capped off with the Plunge — on a day where the highest temperature was expected to be a chilly 37 degrees Fahrenheit.

It cost $100 to plunge, with the money going towards fundraising for the more than 23,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Virginia. This year, participants were able to raise $1,100,000 towards their cause!

Events kicked off at 9 a.m., with the 4-mile run at 9:30 a.m. and the 1-mile run at 11 a.m. The Polar Plunge took place at 2 p.m.

News 3 is a sponsor of the Polar Plunge, and our Kurt Williams served as one of the emcees.

To learn more about the event, click here.