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Polar Plunge To Support Special Olympics

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Dozens of people came out to the 13th annual President's Day Plunge in Bozeman on Monday to support Montana Special Olympics.

The East Gallatin Recreation area was packed on Monday afternoon as dozens of people jumped in freezing cold water to support Special Olympics.

"It was very cold," said Amanda Thom, Special Olympics participant.

"It's great and so worth it," said Daren Nordhagen, plunger. "It only hurt for a few seconds."

Scott Steinfeldt was one of 15 people from Bozeman Deaconess that raised eight-thousand dollars.

"There's an avenue for everyone to have an opportunity to succeed and I think that's a big deal," said Steinfeldt.

An event like this is extra special to him because he was jumping in honor of his friend, Spencer Briggs from Whitehall who is mentally disabled.
 
"That's his challenge in life, but it doesn't take away at all the value he brings to myself and our family," said Steinfeldt.

Peggy Ash has been putting on the event on for 13 years and this year was her last.

"It's going to be a little hard to walk away from, but I'm leaving it in good hands," said Ash. "It's been such a rewarding experience doing what we're able to do for athletes."

She said the growth has been tremendous since it started. The first year the event raised $10,000. Today, the event raised over $60,000 for Special Olympics.

"As long as we continue to put on a fun event that gets people excited and they realize it's for such a great cause then hopefully it will just continue to grow," said Ash.

Steinfeldt said he couldn't imagine not seeing Briggs participate in the Special Olympics games.

"I've seen him since he was a little kid. Now, he's a teenager and he's a lot more fun for us now than when he was a kid, but we enjoy him a lot," said Steinfeldt.

Over 150 people participated in the plunge on Monday.

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