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Fools Rush In, For A Good Cause

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Plungers rush into the chilly waters of Lake Monroe (Tyler Lake, WTIU/WFIU)

With temperatures in the high 30’s, dozens of polar plungers rushed into Lake Monroe Tuesday morning, before swiftly running back out.

The event is a tradition for many Bloomington residents. But for Melissa Webb and her son Josh, it’s a new tradition in the making.

"I grew up in New Jersey and there is a polar bear plunge in the ocean and I was a kid there and my parents never let me do it," she says. "So now that I am a mom, I get to make the decision to do it for myself."

Josh says all that he needed to take the plunge was the promise of a good breakfast after it's all over.

A man in a polar bear suit gathered the plungers on the beach edge and at exactly 10 a.m. they ran screaming and laughing into the waters of Lake Monroe.

It’s a thrill for most participants, and one that goes to a good cause. All the money raised for the event goes straight to the Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington.

This is the third year they have done the plunge on the beach at Paynetown State Recreation Area at Lake Monroe.

Event organizer Jeanice Chastain says this location’s soft sand is easier on participants than the rockier shores at Fairfax.

"So we came to the beach, and it works so much better because you can just run in and run out and be done," she says.

Plungers didn’t spend much time in the water, but they came out shivering and laughing at the same time.

"It was great, a little cold, takes your breath away, but worth it," Webb says. 

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