In what is Oregon’s biggest annual fundraising event for the Special Olympics, some nearly 1,700 people participated in the 2015 Polar Plunge – raising a total of $218,000.

This past Saturday, February 28th, marked the annual Polar Plunge Oregon fundraising event in Portland in support for the Special Olympics Oregon – helping provide year-round sport and athletic trainings and competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The event kicked off at 9am with a 5k run starting from the Portland Airport economy parking lot and ended up at Broughton Beach on the Columbia River, where ultimately well over 1,600 individuals showed up to take a frigid dip in the 40 degree water. For the less faint of heart, a select group of “Super Plungers” went the extra mile and took a total of 24 icy dips in the river, once an hour for an entire 24 hours. Those Super Plungers additionally raised over $3,000 each towards the cause.

Noise & Color’s Tyler Bertram was there to capture some of the event on photo. Can you find yourself, family or friends?

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