Plungers take to Canandaigua Lake for Special Olympics

Despite air and water temperatures of about 35 degrees on Saturday — or, perhaps because of it — hundreds of people took the plunge into Canandaigua Lake.

More than 300 people came out to Kershaw Park so they could plunge into the frigid lake water and raise money for Special Olympics. This is the seventh year the event has come to Canandaigua for the Polar Plunge.

Many of the participants gathered around for idle conversations and to check out those who took part in the costume contest. Mixed in among the sweatshirts and winter jackets were people dressed as fish, chipmunks, polar bears and mermaids. Dudley Hallstead took first place in the contest in an outfit that needs to be seen to be believed.

But people of all ages really came out to plunge. While some of the plungers, as they’re known, took a quick jump in the lake, others romped around, going well beyond the beach’s shore.

Volunteers and participants alike came out to support the Special Olympics’ cause of providing sports and athletic training to those with intellectual disabilities.

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