OSWEGO, NY – The coldest winter in more than 100 years has left the Oswego Harbor locked in with more than four feet of packed snow and ice – making it impossible for participants to safely enter the water for this weekend’s third Oswego Polar Plunge for Special Olympics.
Lt. Charlie Searor from the Oswego Police Department and Assistant Chief John Chawgo from the Oswego Fire Department immediately jumped into action on Monday to save the plunge.
Working with Special Olympics staff, volunteers and the city of Oswego, an alternate plan has been implemented.
The “Ultimate Polar Shower.”
Participants will still be “Freezin’ For A Reason” with the Oswego Fire Department showering the crowd from top of a fire truck ladder.
“Determination is a huge part of Special Olympics” said Cassandra Rucker the director of development for Central Region. “Our town of North Hempstead Polar Plunge faced similar challenges back on March 7 and we be will following in their footsteps in support of our local athletes. Mother Nature will not put the freeze on Freezin’ For A Reason.”
More than 300 participants are expected to take the Oswego Polar Plunge including teams already registered: Oswego City Pol”ice,” RAK it ON, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Oswego Fire Department, Arc of Oswego County, and Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 73.
Registration is open www.PolarPlungeNY.org/Oswego
Participants raising $100+ receive a free official Polar Plunge sweatshirt.
Oswego Polar Plunge “Ultimate Polar Shower” will be held at Wright’s Landing, 21 Lake St., on March 28.
Registration and check-in will be held from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The Ultimate Polar Shower is slated for 1 p.m.
There will be a chicken BBQ at Gibby’s Irish Pub, West Second and Lake streets, on March 28 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Chicken BBQ tickets are available for purchase at Gibby’s Irish Pub, iHeartOswego, Studio C Dance Academy and Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 73.
An Ice Breaker Pre-Plunge Party will be held at Gibby’s on March 27 from 8 p.m. to midnight (ages 21+)
The Oswego Polar Plunge registration and check-in will feature live music by Dave Hawthorn, raffles, drink specials.
Special Olympics is the largest amateur sports organization in the world.
With 64,659 athletes, Special Olympics New York is the largest chapter in North America and the sixth largest chapter in the world.
Special Olympics New York athletes train and compete year-round in 22 sports, the Young Athletes Program and the Motor Activities Training Program – at no cost to the athlete, their families or their caregivers.
For more information visit www.nyso.org
For information on taking part in the Oswego Polar Plunge, please contact Rucker at Special Olympics New York [email protected]
More information can also be found on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OswegoPolarPlunge