Polar Plunge and 5K Run-N-Plunge benefit Special Olympics
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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- The 9th Annual Polar Plunge kicks off this weekend, with a new event in the mix.

The 5K Run-N-Plunge gives the community another opportunity to have fun for a good cause, with the option to get decked out in costume. The annual Polar Plunge invites adventurous supporters to plunge in the ocean in February, with no wetsuit.

Both events benefit the Special Olympics New Hanover County, so all proceeds stay local.

Special Olympics New Hanover County supports more than 500 athletes with Intellectual Disabilities in year-round training programs in 11 different sports and competing in local, regional and state-level events.

Both events will be held Saturday at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, and there's still time to register!

Dick Agnitsch and Tiffany Lesley stopped by Good Morning Carolina to give Ashley Jacobs the scoop on the chilly fun.

For more information, visit the event website at http://www.plungenhc.com.

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My knees were good enough to allow me to run a 5K and then a plunge into the cool Atlantic waters. The cardio workout and increased body temps then the plunge is an absolute joy to experience. It's like going from sauna to ice bath. Biking could get me a cardio workout but its still hard on the knees.
Once you do it a couple of times its really enjoyable in a sick sort of way........
It sure beats just jumping in the ocean on Jan 1 - which I've also done but is kinda blase......
BTW - make sure your heart can withstand this type of activity before you try it. I raised a couple of eyebrows when I asked my cardiologist about doing this a few years ago (before the knees went bad on me). I did however pass the test so he let me do it...

Vog

With a lot of activity and some great costumes. Batman, Robin, Wonderwoman, the pregnant Woman-Avenger, the Flintstone family and the Big-headed purple Space Monster were hilarious on the beach last year!!! Battle of the super-heros on the beach...then they had to hit the water!
God, that was so funny! I laughed until my face hurt!