More than 150 people have signed up for the 2013 Polar Plunge at Big Bear Lake, to raise funds for local Special Olympics athletes, on Saturday March 9, a spokeswoman for the event said Monday.
Participants already registered online include the Beaumont Scalawags, Bear Valley Search-and-Rescue, the Big Bear Copsicles from the sheriff's Big Bear Station, CHP Arrowhead, and the Frozen Fractions of Bear Valley Unified School District, Abbey Leffler of the Murrieta-based Inland Empire Special Olympics said.
Participants are asked to raise a minimum $50 to participate, and people who are "too chicken" to plunge are encouraged to raise money and donate as well. Costumes are encouraged.
Beaumont police Chief Frank Coe wore a panda costume and a tutu when he led a team at the plunge last year. This year's plunge is again at Swim Beach on Big Bear Lake.
Registration begins at 10 a.m March 9 and the plunge begins at noon, Leffler said.
"Activities will include a family fun area featuring law enforcement displays, a Rock Wall, the Big Bear Alpine Zoo, Big Bear Discover Center, DJ music and a raffle," Leffler said in an announcement.
"Glenn Walker from KTLA will Emcee Opening Ceremony which will include a
special Torch Arrival by the Sheriff department aviation and dive teams, weather permitting," Leffler said. "There is a free BBQ lunch for participants. Spectators have the option to purchase BBQ lunch tickets."
Sponsors of this year's Polar Plunge at Big Bear Lake are the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, City of Big Bear Events Resource Center, and Wolf Creek Resort.
"Special Olympics Southern California has been changing lives for more than 40 years and offers opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to participate in year‐round sports training and competition," Leffler said.
Nearly 12,000 athletes in 11 counties participate in Southern California Special Olympics, Leffler said. Children and adults who participate in Special Olympics develop improved physical fitness and live happier, healthier, and longer lives.