Topekans Take The Polar Plunge For The Special Olympics

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)__ Some of Topeka's finest came out to participate in a little winter swimming.

The Special Olympics of Kansas held their annual Polar Plunge at Lake Shawnee Saturday afternoon.

13's own Rick Felsburg took the leap into the cold water, along with other Topekans to help raise money for the Special Olympics organization.

Crews had to break through the ice in order to make a spot for the brave dippers as they hurried through waters at the swimming beach.

The Polar Strut 5K started at 11a.m. and led runners around parts of the lake.

The goal of $35,000 was exceeded and a total of $35,338.79 was raised for the organization.

Teams and individuals who raised money to participate in the event(s) dressed up in costumes to take the leap of icy faith into the water. While some opted not to wear costumes, they took the plunge in only a swimsuit.