January 23, 2016: 10th Annual Mosquito Lake Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Ohio

Polar PlungeSpecial Olympics Ohio is inviting the public to do some Freezin’ for a Reason during the 10th Annual Mosquito Lake Polar Plunge. The event occurs on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Mosquito Lake in Cortland. Warm-hearted participants will take the chilly plunge to raise money for Special Olympics Ohio at the first of nine events in Special Olympics Ohio’s 2016 Polar Plunge season.

As part of the Polar Plunge, participants obtain financial pledges and earn the opportunity to jump into the frigid waters of Mosquito Lake. Another less chilly way to participate is with Too Chicken to Plunge. As a Chicken, participants raise a minimum of $30 and are awarded a Too Chicken to Plunge T-shirt and the opportunity not to Plunge. Teams of Chickens also may be formed in support of favorite Plungers.

The Mosquito Lake Polar Plunge is a family-friendly event and members of the public are invited to come and watch. Spectators may attend the Post-Plunge Party for a small donation.

The 2015 Mosquito Lake Polar Plunge raised over $26,000 with more than 130 participants.

This year’s Plunge starts at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23 at the Mosquito Lake State Park swimming beach. The Post-Plunge Party will be held at the Cortland Moose Family Center. It will feature awards for top-fundraising teams and individuals as well as food and beverages for all Plunge participants, those Too Chicken to Plunge, and paid guests.

The schedule for the 2016 Mosquito Lake Polar Plunge:

Early Check-In/Registration – Cortland Moose Family Center 1012, 6400 State Route 46, Cortland, Ohio 44410. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22.

Plunge Day Check-in/Registration – Mosquito Lake beach, 1439 Ohio 305, Cortland, Ohio 44410. 10:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23.

Polar Plunge Costume Contest – 1-1:20 p.m., , Saturday, Jan. 23.

Plunge – 1:30-2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23.

Post-Plunge Party and Awards – Cortland Moose Family Center 1012, 6400 State Route 46, Cortland, Ohio 44410, 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23.

For more information on this event and for links to registration sites for all Ohio’s Polar Plunges, visit sooh.org. Interested participants can get details by calling Special Olympics Ohio at 614-239-7050.

Social media posts about the Polar Plunge events and Special Olympics Ohio can be found on Twitter (@SOOhio), Facebook (Facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsOhio), and Instagram (SpecialOlympicsOH).

Special Olympics Ohio provides year-round sports training and competition opportunities for adults and children with intellectual disabilities, giving them opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with their own families, their peers and the community. Special Olympics Ohio serves more than 23,000 athletes throughout the state.

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