CMU Polar Plunge

Mount Pleasant Polar Plunge 2013 from Kaitlin Thoresen on Vimeo.

Over 150 people on Saturday braved the cold weather and water as they jumped into Rose Pond to raise money for Special Olympics.

The 13th annual Polar Plunge raised more than $15,000 that contributes to Michigan’s overall goal of raising more a $1 million for Special Olympics Michigan.

“My heart is beating out my chest,” said Sherry Trombly, who is on the Special Olympics committee.

At age 65, Trombly was one of the oldest contestants to participate in the jump this year.  Trombly made the jump with her daughter, Sally Wenczel.

“If my heart wasn’t beating before it will be when I hit that water,” joked Trombly.

Participants dressed in costumes ranging from an anchor to Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

Tim Cherry, Birchrun resident, made the jump for the 13th year and has traveled all over Michigan to participate in the plunge.  Cherry started out doing the plunge for fun, but now does it for his four-year-old son who has autism.

“The first two years I would still lose my breath when I hit the water, but now it’s nothing,” explained Cherry.

Individuals, CMU clubs and organizations, and business’s from Mount Pleasant participated in the event Polar Plunge to make it a successful one.

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