Alaskans plunge into 32-degree water in annual event

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — More than a thousand people in Alaska on Saturday dressed up as elves or in other elaborate costumes while some stripped down to barely anything to take part in a polar plunge.

    The fundraiser for Special Olympics Alaska took place at Goose Lake in Anchorage, where ice had been cut out of a large portion of the lake to allow the plungers room to do their favorite dive, like a cannonball. Other more timid plungers stepped into the 32 degree water, and others got a helping hand from fellow jumpers.

    David Aromin recently relocated from Philadelphia. He said the jump was a good way to be baptized as an Alaskan.

    More than $300,000 was raised during the annual fundraiser. Special Olympics Alaska president Jim Balamaci said over $2 million has been raised in the eight years the polar plunge has been held.

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