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Morgantown Hosts Tenth Annual West Virginia Polar Plunge

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People came out to "Freeze for a Reason" at the 2014 West Virginia Polar Plunge. 

Participants dressed up in minimal clothing in freezing temperatures to dive into the Monongahela River at the Star City Marina on Saturday.

Plungers gave at least a $50 donation to get the chance to enter the icy water, but it was more than worth it to support a cause.

"I wanted to support the cause, got a group together from work, and I'd never done it before, so I thought it would be a good thing," said Michael Cardi, polar plunge participant. "A little suffering is important. It was refreshing, my hands are freezing, and I won't forget it. I'll, definitely, do it again."

Prizes were given away for the highest amount of donations. The individual who raised the most money will receive a getaway to a West Virginia resort. The team (2-4 people) that raised the most will receive a get away to the mountains.

There were also awards for most creative costumes. Costumes ranged from a "101 Dalmatians" theme, to a group of clowns, to a patriotic theme, and everything in between.

Proceeds from the plunge go towards supporting West Virginia Special Olympic Athletes. 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the West Virginia Polar Plunge.