About 600 people took the plunge into the Delaware River in Easton Saturday to help raise money for Northampton County Special Olympics.
By noon Saturday, about 600 people had registered to participate in the first Polar Plunge of the Lehigh Valley, in Easton, in support of the Northampton County Special Olympics. Easton Mayor Sal Panto, returning from Washington D.C. to speak at the opening ceremony, announced that more than $80,000 had been raised. By 1 p.m., the plungers were poised to take the dip into the frigid Delaware River. They were set in groups of 75 to allow for a safer event. Paramedics stood by in case of emergencies. The water temperature was at an estimated 37 degees when the first participants dared their plunge. Scott Park was filled with spectators who wanted see their family and friends dive into the frigid water. Spectators lined up to watch all …
Saturday's Polar Plunge will feature hardy souls who will venture into the icy Delaware River in Easton to raise money for Special Olympics
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Friday, January 18
The first-ever Lehigh Valley Polar Plunge is planned for Saturday at Scott Park along the Delaware River in Easton. The event will benefit Special Olympics and is expected to draw hundreds of participants. Cost to participate is $50. 2013 Plunge Schedule Parking: All parking will be on a first come, first serve basis. Please note that Larry Holmes Drive in front of Scott Park will be closed to allow for easy walking and access to the plunge area. There are numerous metered parking spots and lots available within a short walk of Scott Park. Shoes: All plungers must wear shoes into the water. Bare feet are not allowed for safety reasons. Any old pair of shoes will suffice. Registration: If you have already registered for the Plunge, you must…
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