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People on both sides of state line plunge into frigid waters for a good cause

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People on both sides of the state line were busy taking a cold dip Saturday morning, all in support of a good cause.

Hundreds plunged into the cold waters of Longview Lake and Shawnee Mission Park Swim Beach in support of Special Olympics.

Team by team they plunged into the frigid waters, some walking and others running, and then came back out onto land in search of warmth.

Lt. Michael Daniels is with the Merriam Police Department and also helps organize the event every year.

"What we have today is our Polar Bear Plunge and Strut," he said.

One group of girls, comprised of the Dynasty Dippers volleyball team, raised more than $1,000.

"I'm just worried it might be a little cold," team member Emma Mantel said. "We're pretty much just going to run, jump in and get in and out as fast as we can."

Events ran from 9 a.m. past 1 p.m. and many teams were decked out in costumes. Participants showed their support for local Special Olympics athletes. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics' year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

The Polar Plunge at Shawnee Mission Park alone had 812 participants and raised over $70,000.

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