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Community takes on frigid waters to benefit Special Olympics


Dozens headed out to Waco's Hawaiian Falls early Saturday morning to raise money for Special Olympics Texas.

A group of about 20 costume-clad participants leaped into 31 degree waters in the fourth annual "Polar Plunge." Outfits ranged from Despicable Me imitators to American Olympian look alike's. A group of DPS Troopers also dressed in drag. They competed with a Lorena Firefighter in a friendly fund raising side bet, the loser taking a pie in the face. The contestant with the best costume was named at the end of the event.

Groups included a team of Baylor students, police officers, firemen, teachers, and Hawaiian Falls staff. Temperatures fluctuated between 29 and 35 degrees, while the pool water temperature measured at 31. 

Hillcrest Hospital provided blankets and blanket warmers for the event and served as a sponsor. 

Proceeds raised support more than 1,050 athletes in the heart of Texas area. 

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