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More Than 300 People Plunge Into Lake Tahoe

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Some brave souls jumped into the frigid waters of Lake Tahoe Saturday afternoon for the South Lake Tahoe Polar Plunge.

The event is held every year at Zephyr Cove Marina as a fundraiser for Special Olympics Northern Nevada and California.

350 people decked out in costumes hopped into the 34-degree Tahoe waters. As you can imagine, most of them were in and out as fast as possible.

"Went in and I didn't feel anything," says Marie Goerger. "And then, you come up from the water, and you just seized up. So cold!"

Organizers told us this is their largest fundraiser of the year in this area. The entire non-profit is fully supported by events like these as well as donations. At this year's Polar Plunge, they expected to raise $70,000.

"Every penny that's raised through this event is really important because it supports Special Olympic programs right here in the community," says Maggie Schwarz, an organizer with the event.

There was an area called "The Chicken Coup" set up next to the water just in case people chickened out at the last second. But, from what we could tell, all 350 people officially made the plunge.

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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