After days of 60° temperatures the weather appeared to take a downward turn with rain and chilly winds on Friday, setting the stage for a frigid Polar Plunge. It seemed Mother Nature wasn't going to let our contestants off easy as they gathered around the pool set up in Spud Software's parking lot. But to our relief, as evening fell, the temperatures rose and we were greeted with another 60° night to make the frosty undertaking just a little more pleasant for participants and spectators alike.
One contestant made a plea for help on Facebook. "Do any of you fine local friends have a shark costume I could jump into a pool with this Friday? I very much lost the work challenge and would like to make the best of it."
To add an extra flair to this year's event, our staff set up a zip-line for those brave enough to not only jump into a pool of freezing cold water, but to fly across the parking lot to do so. Our owner, Derek Sommer, was the first on the zip-line and the first to take the plunge.