FARMINGTON >> A polar plunge in Farmington will aim to raise thousands of dollars for the Special Olympics.
The Farmington Police Department and the Four Corners Law Enforcement Torch Run are hosting the event, which is now in its third year. The "plungers" will take turns jumping into a cold pool at 11 a.m. on Jan. 18 outside the Farmington Recreation Center, 1101 Fairgrounds Road, according to a Farmington police news release.
Farmington Community Service Officers Jenny Dennis and Shawn Archuleta organized the event for Farmington police.
In 2012, the event raised $3,000. Last year, about 15 people participated and raised about $5,000, Dennis said.
Participants have to raise $100 to plunge, with the money going to Special Olympics.
Dennis said a group of almost 10 police officers have raised money and taken the plunge the last three years.
"We'll challenge any organization to get a team together and go against us," she said. "We're hoping it gets bigger every year."
In addition to raising money and participating in the event, organizers take donations and sponsors year-round to cover overhead costs, like buying and food and T-shirts for the fundraiser, Dennis said.
To sign up to take the plunge, go to http://www.firstgiving.com/sonm/four-corners-letr-polar-plunge.
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