Photo Courtesy of the Michigan Special Olympics

By NOUHAD ALAME, Guest Writer

Who ever said that fun becomes weary on a frigid, bone-biting winter day? It’s time to put down that warm mug of deliciousness, and get ready for an experience you’ll never forget. If you think travel is your outlet this winter season, we’ve got better news for you; Alaska is right around your corner this year, at the 2013 Polar Plunge being held Saturday, Feb. 16, at Milliken State Park on the Detroit waterfront.

The Polar Plunge is an annual event where hundreds of residents from the Detroit metro area plunge in ice-cold water to raise money for the Special Olympics.

Special Olympics Michigan has flourished into one the largest supporter for people with intellectual disabilities, helping them not only to excel with their remarkable efforts in sporting events alone, but in life altogether.

With over 300 contributors already and more than $43,000 raised with the generous contributions of both fundraisers and unfaltering teams, the number continues to rise by the hour as more residents register with LETR (Law Enforcement Torch Run). LETR is one of the largest grassroots fundraisers for Special Olympics known globally today. This year LETR plans on being as vigorous as ever totaling twenty-eight Polar Plunges throughout Michigan.

Registrations for the plunges are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the Renaissance Center with transportation provided by Nemo’s Bar & Grill with their shuttle service to Milliken State Park. One hour and a few chills later, the plunges are scheduled to begin at 11am The post-plunge ceremony includes meals and is scheduled to be held immediately after the last plunger at the Marriott. Too chicken to plunge? Don’t worry; you’re still invited to the ceremony with meals provided for the non-plungers at a $20 fee.

And as if the plunge itself weren’t enough to make the hairs on your hands stand, the event is known for its spectacular costume contest as plungers compete for the Golden Plunger Award for the wackiest costume. All plungers, young and old, will receive an official 2013 Polar Plunge T-shirt with awards to be given out during the ceremony at the Renaissance Center. Individuals brave enough to take the plunge can pre-register online at http://www.firstgiving.com/polarplunge/stclair2013 or Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. at the Milliken State Park. In addition, a pre-registration night will be available on Feb. 13. For more information on the LETR Polar Plunge or Special Olympics Michigan visit www.somi.org or call (800) 644-6404. Ten-dollar denotations are welcomed anytime with just a quick text with the word “SOMI,” from your mobile phone to 52000. Sponsors include Buffalo Wild Wings, Olga’s, Starbucks and Water Warriors.

Join for a worldwide cause, and take the plunge!