CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - The 10th Annual Polar Plunge kicked off Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Trail of Tears State Park in Cape Girardeau County to help out Special Olympics.
Hundreds came out to watch many who ran out into the lake, water that had no higher than a 45 degree water.
"We were looking for a swim and didn't have anywhere to go today," Danielle Wood said.
Many teams that plunged wore costumes, which included superheroes, football players, balloons and more.
"When my face hit the water, I had to just remember to breath and then to get out as quickly as I got in," Wood said.
Zoe Handley had a more light-hearted perspective on her experience.
"Was this what the Titanic was like? 'Don't let go, Jack'," Handley said as she laughed. "It wasn't too bad. It was a lot colder than I thought it would be, but it was fun."
At the time of the event, roughly $40,000 was raised for competitions and different events for the Special Olympics.
Plungers we talked with said despite the balmy water temperature, it was a must that they showed their support and take a dive.
"As much as it is important for us for everyone to be able to do sports, I think this is great for them," Cody Ashcraft said. "It builds character and this is something that I feel needs to be going on for more and more years."