BY MELODY TABOR
A 5k and cold-water fundraiser called the Polar Plunge was postponed because of inclement weather and will now take place at 9 a.m. on March 14 at Lake Dardanelle State Park.
A thunderstorm caused the postponement of the fundraiser meant to promote awareness and raise money for Special Olympics Arkansas. According to the Special Olympics Arkansas website, the fundraiser is for any individual or team willing to take the plunge. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and forms can be found on the Special Olympics Arkansas website. For more information contact Darla Jones, area director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (479) 264-4831.
Jones said the registration is $50 with a T-shirt. There will also be prizes for best costume, most money raised by a team or individual, cool school and other various trophies participates could win.
“The Polar Plunge to me as a coach, parent and area director means that our community is coming together and accepting our athletes. The outcome has been wonderful,” said Jones.
Prior to the race there will be a breakfast brunch sponsored by Russellville Knights of Columbus at the American Legion Hut from 7-11 a.m. with 100 percent of all proceeds going toward the local Special Olympics Arkansas.
Other local businesses will also be helping with the proceeds along with lots of private sectors that help year round, said Jones.
This year will be the fourth annual Russellville Polar Plunge. Jones said last year more than $16,000 was raised and hopes to beat that by raising $20,000.
Jones said the money from the fundraiser goes to helping its athletes with housing charges, travel and competing in 26 Olympic sports.
“The plunge is energy and anticipation. It’s for a good cause,” Jones said. “It’s colder than the ice bucket challenge with lots of community and support.”