EUGENE, Ore. -- Hundreds of fearless people are getting ready to take the plunge into the freezing Willamette River Saturday, Feb. 9.
It's all part of the 2019 Oregon Law Enforcement Polar Plunge. The fundraiser benefits Special Olympics Oregon. Plunge participants will raise more than half a million dollars in support of those with intellectual disabilities--the largest disability population in the state.
It's happening at 11 a.m. at Eugene's Maurie Jacobs Park.
Dozens of local teams will sprint into the Willamette River to show their bravery and earn the money they raised leading up to the annual event. Each person participating must raise a minimum of $50, but many will raise significantly more. Eugene is one of five Oregon cities hosting plunges with more than 4,000 supporters taking part statewide.
If you want to take the plunge for Special Olympics Oregon, you can register here.
Local officers, personnel and support from the University of Oregon Police Department, Eugene Police Department, Springfield Police Department and Lane County Sheriff’s Office will be in attendance. In addition, teams from dozens of local businesses and schools will share in the fun.
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