More Than 300 People Plunge Into Lake Tahoe - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video -

More Than 300 People Plunge Into Lake Tahoe

Posted: Updated:

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

  • Today's Top StoriesMore>>

  • Senior Fest 2014 Helps Thousands of Seniors

    Senior Fest 2014 Helps Thousands of Seniors

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:59 PM EDT2014-09-02 20:59:01 GMT
    As many as five thousand seniors gathered today at Reno Town Mall to take part in the 19th annual Senior Fest. More >>
    As many as five thousand seniors gathered today at Reno Town Mall to take part in the 19th annual Senior Fest. More >>
  • Police Searching for Two Suspects in Deadly Stabbing

    Police Searching for Two Suspects in Deadly Stabbing

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:20 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:20:45 GMT
    Sparks Police are looking for the suspects in a deadly stabbing Monday night in the 400 block of 11th Street.More >>
    Sparks Police are looking for the suspects in a deadly stabbing Monday night in the 400 block of 11th Street.More >>
  • Senior Fest 2014 Health Screenings

    Senior Fest 2014 Health Screenings

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:52 PM EDT2014-09-02 16:52:44 GMT
    Today until 2 p.m. at theReno Town Mall (4001 S. Virginia Street, Reno.)Senior Care Plus is offering free Health screenings for those 50 years of age and older regardless of your health care provider.Flu shots, Shingle shots, are just a few of the options that will be available.Again, those services are free!Swing by and check outSenior Fest 2014.More >>
    Today until 2 p.m. at theReno Town Mall (4001 S. Virginia Street, Reno.)Senior Care Plus is offering free Health screenings for those 50 years of age and older regardless of your health care provider.Flu shots, Shingle shots, are just a few of the options that will be available.Again, those services are free!Swing by and check outSenior Fest 2014.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.