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Video From the 2016 Rochester Polar Plunge

The 2016 Rochester Polar Plunge was a huge success. Preliminary totals indicate at 920 people braved the bitter cold and jumped into the 32-degree water at Foster Arend Park Saturday afternoon. Sheriff Kevin Torgerson, who has been a key organizer of the Rochester event for 15 years, says a record $243,000 dollars was raised for Special Olympics Minnesota. Torgerson made three plunges this year, including one with his wife to help celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary.

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At the start of the event, a group of dedicated “Super Plungers” were recognized before making their 24th plunge in the 24 hours leading up to the official start of this year’s Polar Plunge.

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We weren’t able to stay for the entire event, but the following video shows many of the hundreds of brave souls who “took the plunge” to help out the Special Olympics program.

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Minnesota Vikings player and John Marshall High School graduate Marcus Sherels was a featured plunger this year.

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Sheriff Kevin Torgerson explains how the money raised through the Polar Plunge benefits Special Olympics Minnesota.

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