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13th annual Polar Plunge registration open

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January 15, 2013|By Zara Husaini @zarhus | RedEye

Get ready to jump in and make a splash: Registration is now open for this year’s Chicago Polar Plunge.

The Plunge, now in its 13th year, benefits Special Olympics Chicago. It’ll take place March 3 at North Avenue Beach.

Last year’s event had more than 2,000 participants, and the event raised more than $650,000. Participants must raise a minimum of $150 to take part in the plunge, and they have the option to go knee- or waist-deep in the water if the full plunge seems too daunting.

Interested? Check out www.sochicago.org to register. While there, participants can create a fundraising page--individually or with a team. All participants receive a free T-shirt and towel, but don’t forget a costume--prizes will be awarded to the best individual and group costumes.

The plunge is followed by a “melt-down party,” which features free food and non-alcoholic drinks under heated tents. There will be a cash bar as well.

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