Polar Plunge raises money for Special Olympics

By KBJR News 1

February 15, 2014 Updated Feb 15, 2014 at 9:23 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNow.com) --- Snow, temps in the 20s, and a frozen Great Lake, didn't stop hundreds of people from taking the plunge to raise money for Special Olympics.

Teams and individuals donning swimsuits, team shirts or costumes took the plunge into the icy Lake Superior water.

It's all to raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota.

Jackson Houston, a polar plunger we spoke with said his team, the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, raised about $600 for the fundraiser.

He says raising money and awareness for Special Olympics is worth braving the elements.

"It's crazy,” Houston said. “It's absolutely crazy and people aren't, we aren't dressed warm but we don't feel that cold just because we're so excited. We have that adrenaline going and it's just a good time."

More than $133,000 was raised for Special Olympics this year.

Last year nearly $174,000 was raised last year.