The 13th Annual Polar Plunge on Feb. 15 at Lake Viking was a splashing success, raising $10,900, according to a press release. A total of 44 people from around the area donned costumes and swimwear to take a chilly dip at Lake Viking. Their Reason for Freezin’ are the athletes of Special Olympics Missouri!

Top individual fundraisers included: Top Individual: Mike Lowe, $2,500; Top Team: Access II, $520; Top Law Enforcement: Chillicothe Correctional Center, $4,892; and Top School: Chillicothe High School $1,533.

Competition for the Golden Plunger was steep this year. Participants are encouraged to come in costume and compete for the chance to take home the “golden plunger.”

Individuals: Gold: Catherine Jackson, "Aluminum Head"; Silver: Elijah Hennington, "NASA astronaut"; Bronze: Emmett Young, "NASA astronaut". Groups: Gold: Access II, "Lady aliens"; Silver: Chillicothe High School, "Green aliens"; Bronze: The Justice LEO's, "Tie-dyed".

This year’s event was held in conjunction with Crossroads Correctional Center.

For more information about the Polar Plunge, visit

Online fundraising is still ongoing. Donations can be made at