Jumpers brave the cold to raise funds for Special Olympics Alaska

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The 10th Annual Special Olympics Alaska Polar Plunge drew thousands to Goose Lake in Anchorage Saturday as jumpers hopped into icy waters in the name of supporting SOA.

The endeavor is to help support the group's training and competitions throughout the year. This time around, there was the usual entertainment and other activities, along with a big goal: Raise $400,000 for Special Olympics athletes and their training and competitions.

By mid-day, hundreds of jumpers had already raised more than half the goal. More than 700 Alaskans braved cold waters throughout the day, "Freezin' for a Reason," including Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and Sen. Dan Sullivan.

Watch the full story from Channel 2 photojournalist Mike Nederbrock below.