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Hundreds run into freezing Willamette river for 2019 Eugene Polar Plunge

The event raised over half a million dollars for Special Olympics Oregon.

Posted: Feb. 9, 2019 9:41 PM
Updated: Feb. 11, 2019 4:19 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Hundreds ran willingly into the freezing Willamette river this morning to raise money for Special Olympics Oregon.

Some groups who participated include a crew from Eugene/Springfield Starbucks, the Lane County Police department, as well as the Eugene Emeralds. Their mascot Sluggo even dipped his toes in the frigid water. 

"Polar Plunge Oregon" happens every year in cities all over the states with one common goal in mind; to raise as much money as they can.

The event this year has already raised more than half-a-million dollars and it will all benefit Special Olympics Oregon.

This has become a tradition for some and they have already confirmed they will be participating again next year. 

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