Hundreds planning to jump into Lake Calhoun on Saturday for Polar Bear Plunge

A balmy 32 degrees is in the forecast for the second annual Polar Bear Plunge into Lake Calhoun on Saturday, March 1.

The Minneapolis Police Department and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board are hosting the event, which will take place at 2:30 p.m. at Thomas Beach at Thomas Avenue South & West Calhoun Parkway. Plungers are taking pledges to benefit the Special Olympics.

Three-hundred have already signed up for the jump and 400 are expected to turn out for the event. Last year, 265 plungers raised more than $50,000 for Special Olympics Minnesota. The list of plungers on Saturday includes Mayor R.T. Rybak. "Team Rybak" has raised a few hundred dollars for the cause.

Pre-registration is located at Famous Daves in Calhoun Square on Friday, Feb. 29 from 5–8 p.m. Registration the day of the event takes place at Famous Dave’s at 11 a.m.

For more information, visit the Special Olympics website.

Volunteers are needed for set-up, clean-up and crowd management. Interested volunteers should contact Sgt. Rick Doll at 230-6550 or Off. Lynn Cronquist, 627-5114.