Crab Shack hosts Annual Polar Plunge

Monongalia and Preston

Today is plunging day.

The Crab Shack hosted the annual Polar Plunge event at Cheat Lake in Morgantown.

People gathered on the near freezing day to jump in the lake in order to raise funds for the Special Olympics.

John Corbett, the CEO of the event, said the only rule is no wetsuits.

“Most folks are either in swim trunks and a t-shirt,” Corbett said. “Whatever they are comfortable in doing. We have several folks that dress in costumes. They want to take this and make this the most unique and special occasion they can, so you’ll see some creative and entertaining costumes as well.”

Lexi Kolar, an attendee, said she is trying to wear as little as possible when entering the water.

“The fastest thing I can get off my body when it’s wet, so just one layer, leggings and a long sleeve shirt,” Kolar said.

“Typically anywhere from 80 to 100 people will actually jump in the water and then there are probably a couple spectators there to cheer them on,” Corbett said.

The plungers lined up and were called by group to make their plunge.

The Polar Plunge is put on every year and will continue supporting Special Olympics West Virginia for years to come.

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