The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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February 4, 2013

Polar bears return to GOTL

GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE —  Get ready to get very, very cold.

More than 300 brave souls will buck up and jump in the lake at the 17th annual Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, event organizer Chandra Brode said.

Participants can register all the way until the beginning of the plunge. All funds are raised for Special Olympics Ohio.

Registration is $100 for adults and $50 for students and includes a long-sleeved T-shirt, a towel and a ticket to the Friday night banquet the Lodge and Conference Center at Geneva-on-the-Lake.

Brode said the plunge and accompanying Harley Davidson raffle are major fundraisers to support year-round sports training and events for athletes with developmental disabilities.

“In our 11th year we were over $1 million raised and this is the 17th year, so I would say after this year we will be close to over $1.5 million raised for Special Olympics Ohio,” she said. “Special Olympics Ohio is funded solely by fundraising events such as polar plunges, plane pulls and golf outings. If these fundraisers didn’t exist, Special Olympics Ohio’s ability to provide these valuable services to the athletes would be greatly hindered.”

In case jumping in the freezing lake just once isn’t crazy enough, the plunge offers a special deal for the especially crazy — super plungers, who pay $888 in registration, jump in the lake once an hour for eight hours.

Brode said at least four people have signed up to take the plunge eight times.

The traditional student plunge has a change in start time due to the ACT tests on the same day. Students from Geneva, Conneaut, Lakeside and Edgewood high schools will jump in at 3 p.m.

Registration opens Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Harbor Room at the lodge and re-opens Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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