Polar Bear Plunge
Some participants in last year's South Shore Lake Tulloch Polar Plunge, staged in February 2019, said air temperatures were in the mid-50s and the water felt like it was in the 30s. 

 

 

The Lake Tulloch Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics athletes is scheduled 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 8 at South Shore Lake Tulloch.

There are multiple ways to take part and support people doing the plunge: register to plunge, register as a chicken, or donate.

Organizers say people can fundraise or pay $125 or more to plunge into chilly waters and support Special Olympics athletes in year-round sports training, health initiatives, education and leadership programs in the Mother Lode and up and down the Central Sierra.

More than 100 people, many in costumes, took part in last year’s South Shore Lake Tulloch Polar Plunge to raise funds for Special Olympics Northern California. That plunge was staged Feb. 23, and it was sunny with air temperatures in the mid-50s at noon when people started running down a boat ramp to jump into the reservoir.

Dan Fox, of Copperopolis, said participants in the 2019 event raised $29,338 for the nonprofit Special Olympics.

Sonora Chief of Police Turu VanderWiel did the plunge in full uniform, and he kept his flat-brim campaign hat dry. Tuolumne County sheriff’s personnel, including Sheriff Bill Pooley, did the plunge, and so did Livingston Police personnel from Merced County.

The Special Olympics were founded in 1968 to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

 

For more information and to register or donate, visit www.sonc.org/laketullochplunge online.

 

Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.com or 588-4585. Follow him on Twitter @GuyMcCarthy.

 

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