PITTSBURG — People will jump into icy cold water this weekend for the Special Olympics Kansas Polar Plunge and Strut.
According to the National Weather Service, on Saturday there is a 60 percent chance of snow with a high of 33 degrees.
The Polar Plunge is part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run event which benefits Special Olympics.
“It’s our job to raise awareness for Special Olympics worldwide,” Pittsburg Police Department Sgt and State Director of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Chris Moore.
Their goal is to raise $30,000 and, so far, 110 people have registered for the event.
Moore said he would like to see 150 or more participants — and people who don’t wish to take the plunge are welcome to come out and watch.
Before the Polar Plunge there will be a Polar Strut 5K Run/Walk at 10:30 a.m., a costume contest at 11:45 a.m. and the plunge will begin at noon.
People can register online at www.plungeks.org/pittsburg
Online registration will close Thursday evening, and people can register in person from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday or from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at Crimson Villas.
Registration fees are $75 for plunge only, $35 for the 5K run only and $105 for both activities.
Moore said donations are 100 percent tax deductible and are welcomed during the registration time.
The inclement weather will not be an issue during this event, Moore said.
For more information regarding the Special Olympics Kansas Polar Plunge visit their website at www.plungeks.org/pittsburg.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.