The Polar Plunge into Chatfield Reservoir in near-freezing water caused acres of goose bumps while raising more than $75,000 for Colorado Special …
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The Polar Plunge into Chatfield Reservoir in near-freezing water
caused acres of goose bumps while raising more than $75,000 for
Colorado Special Olympics.
The Dec. 5 event, dubbed “Freezin for a Reason,” is an extension
of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run. Like all events to benefit
Special Olympics, funds raised go to help provide facilities and
events for more than 10,000 special needs individuals who compete
in Special Olympic events around the state.
This is the second year there has been a Polar Bear Club-style
plunge into cold water to raise money for Colorado Special
Those who agreed to go into the water either formed teams or
went solo. Teams included Regis High School, a North Star group
from Greeley that donned the attire of Santa and his elves as well
as a team that wore grass skirts and a Lakewood Police team in
Parker resident Robbie Coady and a Boulder Police sergeant led
the first group and carried the Olympic-style torch into the
A short distance away, Highlands Ranch resident LoriAnne
Zuffoletto and a score of fellow Arapahoe County Sheriff’s
Department members waited their turn to take the plunge under the
title, “Team Insanity.”
“I have always thought we all had a few screws loose and I guess
this proves it,” she said as she prepared to join the team in the
plunge into the icy water. “I signed up last year but couldn’t join
the team because I broke my wrist. I vowed I would go in this year
and I’m as ready as I’m going to get.”
She smiles and said it was a special day in several ways as she
helped raise money for Special Olympics, plus her alma mater,
Heritage High School, won the state Class 4A football
She wore a Santa hat as part of her attire and said it was
probably a fruitless effort to keep in a little body heat.
This is the second year the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department
members have joined together to form Team Insanity. Last year, the
team raised about $2,900 and this year, they almost doubled that
Wearing dry clothes after the dip, Zuffoletto said the water was
very, very cold.
“It was a shock when you go in,” she said. “But it was over
quick and I expect I’ll be out here again next year. But, I’ll
probably wear a bathing suit rather than baggy clothes because you
can get out of a wet bathing suit much quicker than wet, baggy
Jim Job was one of the solo plungers.
“I have always tried to help Special Olympics because of all the
good they do working with athletes like my daughter,” the
Centennial man said as he tried to warm up after coming out of the
water. “There is no way to describe how cold it was going into that
water. Then, as you came up out of the water, that wind was really
chilly. It was a shock. But it was a for a good cause and I’m glad
I could help.”
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