Sheriff’s deputies prepare for Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Plunge participants at Hyrum State Park.

LOGAN — Even with warmer weather the past couple weeks, the Cache County Sheriff’s Office is promising lots of cold water during Saturday’s Polar Plunge. The annual event will once again be held at Hyrum Reservoir to raise money for charity.

Deputy Shane Zilles has helped organize this year’s event and said they will have large chunks of ice, moved near the shore so plungers can still participate.

“We cut through, make a good sized hole for everybody to jump into,” said Zilles. “That hole goes back towards the beach. So you jump into the water and you make your way back up to the beach, up the boat ramp, get out and you can dry off.”

Anyone wanting to participate can register Saturday morning at 9. The cost is $50 for adults and $40 for students. The plunge will begin at 10.

Zilles said the money raised goes toward helping Special Olympic Athletes.

“All of the proceeds for this go to help the athletes that are local athletes here with the Special Olympics,” said Zilles. “It helps for the trips they take to the different events, helps with the training, coaches and equipment.”

Everyone who participates will receive a t-shirt. Prizes will also be given away at the end.

“We want to see a lot of team spirit,” said Zilles. “We give prizes away for best team costume, top fundraisers and of course the polar bear award that goes to the person that seems the most comfortable and adapted to being in the water.”

Saturday’s plunge is one of several held throughout the state.

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