Boulder’s 35th Polar Plunge a Frosty Success

Polar Plunge participants in “Titanic” costumes

If your friend dared you to jump into an ice cold body of water in the dead of winter, would you do it? This past weekend, 240 people did exactly that.

Saturday, the Boulder Reservoir was swimming with 31 different teams, all hoping to raise money for the American Cancer Society. In addition to the $25 per participant ($10 for children), plungers are encouraged to try and raise $100 — so if your friend dares you to do it, they have to fork up some cash.

Teams show up in all sorts of wild costumes, hoping for a chance at the “Best Costume” prize, and participants enjoyed food trucks treats, and some much-needed hot chocolate and coffee. Over the weekend, $6,521 was raised in support of cancer research.

If you are feeling disappointed about having missed out on the opportunity to nearly catch hypothermia — the Boulder Polar Plunge will be back for it’s 36th year next January.

In the meantime, the Denver 5k and Polar Plunge will take place February 25th. The race will start in City Park, and end in a freezing cold pool at the Denver Zoo. Costumes, of course, are encouraged. All of the proceeds from this Plunge go towards Special Olympics Colorado, and they have already raised over $5,000 before the event has even begun.

For more opportunities to freeze your nibs off for a good cause, check out this list of Polar Plunges all across Colorado.

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