Several local residents took the plunge to raise money for the Special Olympics this past weekend at the Polar Plunge event.
With outside temperatures at approximately 33 degrees, participants plunged themselves into the 28-degree Choctaw KOA pool. Each participant raised money by asking people to sponsor their plunge.
When all participants had taken the leap, $11,292.17 had been raised and donations were still being accepted.
The youngest plunger Jonas Swope, age seven, said he wanted to jump last year but was not allowed.
“I was hoping to get a gold plunger,” said Swope.
Plunger Hanna McMurtrey said although she doesn’t have close ties to the cause it just seemed like a good cause and she wanted to help.
She said the plunge wasn’t as bad as people had made her think but “it was cold.” The young woman said the cold made her lose feel in her body but she can see herself doing it again.
Prizes were given for oldest plunger, youngest plunger, best costume, most raised by an individual and most raised by a team as well as a golden plunger to a participating civic group.
Winning oldest plunger was John Kilpatrick, age 63. Winning youngest was Jonas Swope, age seven. Winning best costume was Caleb Berry dressed as the granny disguised as the big bad wolf.
Tyler Tipton won most raised by an individual while Good Deal Thrift Store won most raised by a team. This year’s golden plunger went to the Durant Fire Department.