Twenty-one people got chilly when they took on the Polar Plunge and were freezing for a reason on Saturday at Stride Place.

All the money raised goes directly to local Special Olympic Athletes and will facilitate year-round recreational, training, and competitive opportunities for our athletes.

Organizer for the Polar Plunge, Kristen Tompsett, says that the turnout this year was fantastic.

"It was amazing we had an abundance of people show up, and lots of people were observing."

The organizer says a lot of the plungers, despite still freezing from their jump, said they would do it again. 

"A couple of people had to catch their breath as they came down. However, once they finally regained their composure, they said it was an amazing time, and many of them say they're coming back next year already."

Tompsett said that Portage la Prairie and the surrounding area were able to raise $11,951.34 for Special Olympics.

If you are interested in plunging but missed your opportunity here in Portage, you can go to Clear Lake on March 9th and on March 16th in Morden.

To register your plunge, click here.