Friday, January 7, 2011

Polar Bear Plunge

On Your Mark! Get Set! BBBRRRRRRrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Erin here from the Aquatics department telling you to brave a dive for water safety! 

The City of Peoria Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting the third annual Winter Water Safety Day and 
Polar Plunge this Saturday, January 8th.  

The event will take place at Sunrise Mountain Pool
 (21321 N. 86th Dr.) from 7:30 – 9:30 am.

It will be chilly out at this year’s Polar Plunge! Participates from around the valley are coming together to promote that drowning prevention is a year-round task.  Here you will find laughs and fun as individuals of all ages plunge into the icy waters, after eating a free hot breakfast cooked by Peoria Firefighters Charities (yes, did I mention Firefighters will be there??) and receiving a free T-Shirt as a trophy honoring their brisk aquatic battle.

We've got three of our very own who are stepping up to the challenge! Steven McGhee (Aquatics & Community Programs Coordinator), Bill Stouppe (Fulfillment Supervisor) and Amanda Pagan (Health & Safety Director) will be participating in this frosty event by jumping into this unheated pool, with temperatures projected to be near 40 – 50 degrees, and swimming 25 yards as fast as frozenly possible toward warm showers that beckon them at the end!!

Erin Kerger (Aquatics & Community Programs Supervisor)  - AKA: The Smart One – will be manning the Red Cross Water Safety Booth and taking pictures from the pool deck, in a very warm and dry fashion.

Here's the event breakdown:

8:00 AM - High School Relays 
Come cheer on your favorite high school swim team as they race in the cold water.

8:30am - The Big Plunge!
Participants will swim across the 25 yard pool.

8:45am - The Lil' Plunge
Younger participants will swim/wade across the zero-depth entry of the pool.

To register, visit the City of Peoria website.  We look forward to seeing you down there!

But… will you be brave enough to enter??

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