Every February, people willingly run into the icy cold waters of Holmes Lake. Crazy? Yes. But it’s a fundraiser for the Special Olympics.

“We do these across the state,” CEO of Special Olympics, Carolyn Chamberlin said. “We have a couple of large state events that happen in the Spring, Summer, and Fall.”

The Special Olympics partners with local law enforcement organizations to help organize events like the Polar Plunge. Members of Lincoln Fire and Rescue were there to help in case anyone went into to shock from the cold water.

Luckily Saturday’s weather was more pleasant than previous plunges, which required scraping of ice from the lake in previous years.

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Sandoz residents, Lauren Manafort, Sidney Hyatt, Lydia Hansen Tori Bailey, and Leah Goralczyk participated in the Polar Plunge to help raise money for the Special Olympics at Holmes Lake in Lincoln on Feb. 29.
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A participant from the Polar Plunge resurfaces with his go-pro that he lost at Holmes Lake in Lincoln on Feb. 29.
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The group Bruisers Buddies prepare to go into Holmes Lake during the Polar Plunge in Lincoln on Feb. 29.
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A member of the Troop E, Ruh-Roh Shaggy group tosses out candy to the crowd before going into Holmes Lake in Lincoln on Feb. 29.
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A member of Bruiser Buddies jumps into Holmes Lake during the Polar Plunge on Feb. 29 in Lincoln.
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