Another successful Polar Plunge season is in the books in Kentucky, thanks to nearly 3,000 brrrrrave souls to who took the Plunge to support Special Olympics athletes in Kentucky, raising more than $670,000.
Two events set records this year with the Kentucky-Ohio event easily surpassing its previous highs for plungers and dollars raised and Western Kentucky continuing its amazing run.
At the Kentucky-Ohio Plunge, almost 900 people hit the pool set up in the Joe's Crab Shack parking lot this year, raising a whopping $181,297 for athletes in both states. In Western Kentucky, almost 500 people leapt into the lake at Kentucky Dam Village or competed in the second annual Polar 5k on the coldest Plunge day of the year, raising more than $113,000.
The Lexington Plunge at Texas Roadhouse celebrated its 15th anniversary with one of the biggest days in its history, with more than 350 plungers raising nearly $90,000.
For the second time in the last four years the Ohio River was too high and moving too fast Plungers to hop in, so the event was held in pools set up in the Brown-Forman Amphitheater near Tumbleweed at the Big Four Bridge.
The Lake Cumberland Plunge found a new home this year at Conley Bottom Resort in Monticello, and more than 120 went into the lake off the back of houseboats to raise more than $24,000, and the Owensboro Polar Plunge saw 157 people jump into the lake at the Hines Center, raising almost $30,000.
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We were lucky to have dodged some serious weather bullets this year. Just five days before the first Plunge of the year in Bellevue, it was 30-below zero with the wind chill, yet the Plunge enjoyed one of the warmest days in its history. The next week in Lexington, it was nearly 50 degrees throughout the day and after the Plunge a front came through and the temperatures plummeted. The Louisville Plunge was held one day before a freezing rain and ice storm blew through the city. Only Owensboro and Western Kentucky saw really cold days and Western Kentucky avoided the rain that came through that area the day before.
Our thanks to everyone who made the 2014 Polar Plunge season so great -- all our Polar Bears, volunteers, committee members and sponsors and everyone who helped promote the events.
For more information about the Plunge nearest you, contact Julie Goodpaster (Kentucky-Ohio, Lexington and Lake Cumberland) at 502-695-8222 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Candace Thompson (Louisville, Owensboro, Western Kentucky) at 502-326-5002 or email@example.com.