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Polar Plunge planned

BUFORD -- While the temperature is forecasted to rise ever-so-slightly by Saturday, Polar Plunge organizers are hoping to see as many people as possible "Freezin' for a Reason" at Lake Lanier Islands Beach and Water Park.

The inaugural Polar Plunge Georgia Law Enforcement Torch Run, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., will benefit the nearly 23,000 Special Olympics Georgia athletes.

Participants will simply need to raise or donate at least $50 to earn themselves an event long-sleeve T-shirt, hand-knitted scarf and the opportunity to take a dip in icy waters.

Whether donning a bathing suit or crazy costume, organizers said, the "coolest event in the state" is open to everyone -- even those too "chicken" to test the waters. For those participants, a Chicken Plunge will be held on land.

The event will also feature food, music, costume contests and a chance to meet Special Olympics athletes. Gates will open at 11 a.m.

For more information about the event, or to register, call the Plunge Hotline at 770-414-9390 ext. 115 or visit www.polarplungega.com.

To learn more about the Special Olympics, visit www.specialolympicsga.com.