Big turnout for annual Polar Plunge

Cache County Search and Rescue members.

HYRUM — With the water temperature around 38 degrees Saturday morning, 150 people took part in the Polar Plunge at Hyrum State Park. The annual charity event raises money for Utah Special Olympics.

While some stripped to the bare essentials, others dressed in costume to jump into the icy cold water.

Deana Sorvick of Hyde Park jumped in with her friends. Her team was called the Ice Princesses, a fitting name for how she felt after getting out of the water.

“I don’t have any words,” said Sorvick. “It was just blackout.”

Former Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Rick Mayo participated with his family. He said the water was great but brisk.

“You know this is the eighth year of doing it,” said Mayo. “So I’m mentally in the zone today.”

The polar plunge was organized through the Law Enforcement Torch Run, made up of local law enforcement agencies.

Cache County Sheriff’s Sgt. Amber Sleight helped coordinate this year’s event and said the Polar Plunge is the biggest charity event they do each year.

“Law Enforcement Torch Run or LETR is the largest grassroots organization that raises money for Special Olympics,” said Sleight. “It’s basically law enforcement worldwide, but the nice thing about it locally is the money stays in the state and it goes to Utah state’s special olympians”

Sleight said it’s estimated that this year’s event raised over $12,000.

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