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The Cold and Rain Did Not Stop Plungers from Braving the Cold Columbia River

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Plungers jumped in the Columbia River and helped raise funds for Special Olympics. Plungers jumped in the Columbia River and helped raise funds for Special Olympics.
KENNEWICK, WA-It was very chilly and rainy Saturday afternoon in Kennewick for the Annual Polar Plunge.

Nearly 700 people braved the cold waters Saturday, but it was all for a good cause.

The proceeds went to help out Special Olympics around Washington State.

It was one plunger's first year and he said his experience was cold.

"It was even colder than when I jumped in and jumping out, just having all the wetness on me and the cold.  It was very cold," said Julian Sandoval, plunger.

After getting out of the freezing cold waters, plungers warmed up inside hot tubs on scene.

The event raised around $200,000 dollars this year.

Yakima's Polar Plunge event is will happen February 19th.

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