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Take a Polar Plunge into the Potomac

Polar Plunges have been growing in popularity lately. What once was a daring challenge has now been proven to have health benefits, reducing inflammation and improving mood. There’s an additional incentive for those brave enough to jump into the chilly waters of the Potomac River as part of the Prince William Plunge on February 17. The event at Leesylvania State Park in Virginia will help raise money for the Special Olympics. 

“It’s great to see the community come out and raise money for such an amazing cause,” said Leesylvania State Park manager Kenny Ashdown. “I am delighted that we can host this event at the park and help raise awareness for the athletes competing in the Special Olympics.” 

The Prince William Plunge will also feature music, food, contests, and prizes. Participants must pay $100 to join, contributing to a fund that will provide equipment and training to over 21,000 Special Olympic athletes in Virginia. 

“For so long, the only thing our athletes have asked for is the opportunity to play and compete,” the Special Olympics stated on their Polar Plunge information page.

In the past few months, the Special Olympics have held four other polar plunges in Virginia, including events in Fairfax, Richmond, and Virginia Beach. As of now, the Leesylvania event has raised over $86,943 with a goal of $123,000. There’s one more planned for this year on the New River in Bisset Park, also on February 17. For more information on how to participate or donate, visit

Photo courtesy of Special Olympics Virginia

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