Mayor Costi Kutteh was one of the first into the water in 2019. 

Are you ready to get cold for a good cause?

The Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Iredell County is set for this Saturday at the City of Statesville Leisure Pool, located at 1877 Simonton Road in Statesville.

The temperature is expected to hit a high of 45 degrees, so this weekend’s event could truly live up to its name.

The event is in its sixth year and all funds raised from it will help with the upcoming Special Olympics. This is one of the organization’s two big fundraisers of the year. The money raised this weekend will help with the Summer Games and also a special dinner event.

Although it’s too early to tell how many people will be involved this weekend, the event typically draws 30 to 40 plungers. There will also be some athletes on hand to take the plunge this weekend.

Check-in for it begins at 1 p.m. with the lineup 45 minutes later. At 2 p.m., the plunging — off a slide no less — will begin.

Registration is $25, or $30 for registration and an event T-shirt.

So what does one wear for a midwinter dip? Bathing suit, clothes, costumes, etc., are allowed. Nothing with rivets, metal buckles or anything that could damage the slide is allowed, though. Be sure to bring a change of clothes as the locker rooms will be open for changing.

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