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Santa Claus Takes the 2015 Polar Bear Plunge [Video]

The 2015 Polar Bear Plunge is in the books.  And we had a ball in downtown Owensboro, where there many highlights.  Among them . . . Santa Claus.  Yep!  Santa Claus came to town and took the Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Kentucky.  WATCH!

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The 2015 Polar Bear Plunge Features an Inflatable Slide [Photo]

This year's Polar Bear Plunge is going to feature a bunch of changes.  The first change, announced a few months ago, is the big move to downtown Owensboro.  Another huge change will be the Plunge itself.  Instead of jumping into a lake or a swimming pool, this year's plungers are going to climb up a gigantic inflatable slide and barrel down it into a pool of freezing cold water.  It's going to be a blast.  An Arctic one!

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(Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
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The Donut Dash 5K Set for Downtown Owensboro

Special Olympics Kentucky has cooked (or baked) up a good reason to spend the morning of Valentine's Day in downtown Owensboro.  February 14th marks the annual Polar Bear Plunge, which will take place for the first time at Mitch McConnell Plaza.  But this year, in addition to shaking up the Plunge, Special Olympics is bringing a new event to town to go with it.  It's the Donut Dash 5K.  Yep!  It's a 3.1-mile run through downtown Owensboro that allows you to collect donuts as you go!  Check this out!

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The Polar Bear Plunge Will Have a New Location in 2015

After years at The Hines Center in Philpot, Owensboro's Polar Bear Plunge is moving to a new location.  And, there are some other BIG changes in store for the 2015 event.  Wanna know where the Plunge is headed and an exciting new fundraiser being cooked up?

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Mark Smith Photography
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The Polar Bear PUSH [Photos]

I have already shared the video of the 2014 Polar Bear PUSH!  Yes, I have renamed the "Plunge" the "Push" because my friend David Bristow, from Southern Star, offered up $100 to Special Olympics Kentucky if he could PUSH me into the 12-degree water.  And while the video is hilarious, it doesn't quite capture the play-by-play like these photos from Mark Smith Photography.  Check these out.  Mark totally captured the sequence of events!

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Photo by Suzanne Miles
Photo by Suzanne Miles
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WBKR and Southern Star Present: The Polar Bear PUSH [Video]

12 degrees.  That's how cold the water was Saturday for the 2014 Polar Bear Plunge.  12 degrees, People!  But, 157 plungers were there to jump in it anyway and help raise money for Special Olympics Kentucky.  I was going to plunge too . . . but had a change of heart when my friend David Bristow, from Southern Star, offered up an additional $100 to charity if he could push me in.  Naturally, I said "Yes!"  And the cameras were rolling.

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Sign Up Now for the Polar Bear Plunge [Video]

How's that for an action shot?  Just a fraction of a second after hovering above the Hines Center Lake, we were swimming in it.  And a fraction of a second after this pic was taken,  I  was swearing like Andrew Dice Clay.  And, you know what?  I'm ready to do it all over again.  The freezing AND the swearing.  LOL!  The 2014 Polar Bear Plunge is coming up Saturday, February 8th at The Hines Center in Philpot and we are looking for folks to join us in raising money for Special Olympics Kentucky.

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The 2014 Polar Bear Plunge Set for Saturday, February 8th at The Hines Center

It's that time again.  And, yes!  Here at WBKR, we are going to be Freezin' for a Reason at the 2014 Polar Bear Plunge.  It's Saturday, February 8th at The Hines Center in Philpot and we'll be among the hundreds of folks who suck it up, throw caution to the shrinkage-inducing wind and jump into the icy cold waters of The Hines Center lake.  Here are some video highlights from last year's Plunge!

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Jimmy Parrot’s Plungers Plunge for Special Olympics Kentucky [Video]

Jaclyn complains, moans and groans.  Dave Spencer whimpers like a 7-week-old puppy.  And I scream, "This is gonna suck!"  That's typically how the Polar Bear Plunge goes each year when we jump into The Hines Center lake to help raise money for Special Olympics Kentucky.  And, this past weekend, we suited up again and prepared ourselves for a plunge into 22-degree water.  Standing with us was our team captain Jimmy Parrot and our friend Jeff Jackson, who we basically forced into plunging.  Here's how it played out . . .

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Kizzy Takes the Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics [Video]

This is HILARIOUS!!  Saturday marked the 2013 Polar Bear Plunge at The Hines Center in Philpot and 200 plungers showed up to jump in the chilly, 22 degree waters of the Hines Center lake.  Among them was Kizzy, who joined WBKR's team, Jimmy Parrot's Plungers.  The cameras were rolling as Kizzy, decked out in a scuba suit, arm puffers and Korger bags, walked out onto the dock to prepare for her plunge.  WATCH!

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Chad, Jimmy and Parrott's Plungers plus more
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JImmy’s Parrott Plungers — Plunge

Today at the Hines Center in Philpot a large number of teams leapt into the 22 degree water (actually 41 degrees on top) and braved the icy welcome upon emerging for Special Olympics. Your intrepid photographer was there and uploaded a number of

THE 2011 POLAR BEAR PLUNGE
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Polar Bear Plunge [Photos]

Fun times today at the Hines Center in Philpot. WBKR's Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics. Chad, Jaclyn and Dave all took the dip. Take a look at them and your neighbors having a chilly, frosty good time

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