Members from the community, local organizations and businesses will brace for the cold waters as they partake in the annual Polar Plunge returning to Dickinson this weekend that benefits the Special Olympics North Dakota.
Organized by North Dakota Law Enforcement as part of the year-round Law Enforcement Torch Run, the Polar Plunge begins at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at 1681 3rd Ave W, in Dickinson.
Though the pre-registration deadline has already passed, people can still raise money and take the plunge. Plungers will need to sign a waiver beforehand and pay $75. The plunge can also be done as a team effort.
Plunger incentives are an event t-shirt for those who raise at least $75; t-shirt shirt and hat for $250; t-shirt and towel for $500; or a t-shirt and sweatshirt for $1,000.
Special Olympics North Dakota Director of Development Jena Pierce said it is "an amazingly unique event."
"It encourages people to be as brave as our athletes are every day of their life," Pierce said. "And not everyone is willing to jump into freezing cold water and to pay money to do it. That's what makes these people so special."
In previous years, the Polar Plunge in Dickinson has raised as much as $12,000.