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Turk Lake Polar Plunge 2016

Winter can seem to drag by for some people unless you keep yourself  active. There are plenty of winter sports and activities to get involved in locally. If you’re not one for snowmobiling, ice fishing, sledding, or making snowmen why not try your luck by jumping into a giant hole in the ice?

I know what your thinking, “Me. Jumping in freezing water. No thank you.” Well, what if I told you that this is actually an annual event that takes place at Turk Lake Bar in Greenville. There are 29 different polar plunge events in Michigan and Turk Lake brings the largest crowd. The purpose of the Polar Plunge event is to raise money for the Special Olympics. Last year this event raised more than $35,000.

If you’re not too thrilled about jumping into the icy waters of Turk Lake you can still participate by donating to this cause. You can register on the First Giving website as a team or a supporter.

Turk Lake is expected to get 100 jumpers this year and aside from jumping in icy waters there will be other activities as well. The night before the event there will be a chili cook-off from 5pm-7pm. There will be a costume contest the day of the event as well as a 50-50 raffle.

Mark your calendars for February 13, 2016. Registration starts at noon, with a parade of costumes happening at 2:55pm, and the plunge starts at 3:00pm.

Take a look at the video below from last years Polar Plunge event.

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