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Polar plunging for charity

Posted: February 28, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 28, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Members of the Ice Packs from the Canyon Aquatics group prepare to enter the water of Castaic Lake for the Polar Plunge on Saturday.

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About 50 polar plungers ran into Castaic Lake Saturday and ran shivering back onto land, proud to have helped raise money for local athletes competing in the Special Olympics.

Shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday, following a proud and loud version of the national anthem sung by 8-year-old Dana Ryan, participants in the 4th annual Polar Plunge assembled on a grassy hillside by the lake.

Just before the plunge, organizers informed the group that water temperatures hovered between 48 and 52 degrees.

Some wore very little, some covered up.  One polar plunger wore a big yellow styrofoam cowboy hat while two girls near him sported what looked like seaweed over their bathing suits.

They all dashed into the water and only a handful lingered there.

“It’s cold,” said Matt Adams, of Canyon Country, dripping wet. “It was really, really cold.”

Would he do it again?

“Yes, I would,” he said, shivering.

“It was invigorating,” said Ken Wiseman, emerging from the icy-cold water, having taken the plunge dressed in the full uniform of the Santa Clarita Search and Rescue Team.

“When you step out of it, you feel OK, but it’ll catch up with me in a minute of so I’m sure,” he said. “It’s good fun.”

Money raised at the event goes to the Special Olympics Southern California, Santa Clarita Valley and Tri-Valley Regional athletes.

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