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'Freezin' for a reason': Woodbury Polar Plunge registration opens

"Plungers" raised $98,000 for Special Olympics Minnesota during the third annual Woodbury Polar Plunge in 2017. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia

Ready to take the plunge?

Registration for the fourth annual Woodbury Polar Plunge Feb. 10 opened earlier this week.

Each year, hundreds of brave "plungers" brave the icy waters of Carver Lake to raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota.

Last year's event raised nearly $98,000 as 550 brave participants leapt into the frozen-over lake.

The funds benefit more than 8,200 Special Olympics athletes as they train and compete throughout the year.

Nearly 400 participants are registered for this year's plunge, totaling $39,223 in donations so far.

Plungers can register as a group or on their own at plungemn.org.

Each participant must raise a minimum of $75 from friends and family to pledge their plunge.

Registration for time slots starts 11 a.m. the day of the event, with plunges starting at 1 p.m.

Organizers encourage participants to don outrageous plunge-day costumes.

Heated tents and changing areas will be available, but participants should bring a towel, dry set of clothes and extra footwear because shoes are required during the plunge.

If you go...

A free shuttle bus will be available for plungers and spectators. Buses will pick up attendees from parking lots at Cowboy Jack's, 1690 Woodlane Drive, and Woodbury High School, 2665 Woodlane Drive.

Carpooling is encouraged.

What: Woodbury Polar Plunge

When: Registration starts 11 a.m. followed by the plunge at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10.

Where: Carver Lake Beach, 3175 South Century Ave.

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