Updated: 01/15/2014 9:24 PM
Created: 01/15/2014 3:59 PM WHEC.com
It may seem unusual for this time of year, but many people in our area are gearing up to take a dip in Lake Ontario next month. It's all to raise money for a good cause.
The 14th annual Polar Plunge will be held at Ontario Beach Park on February 9. It's part of the Lakeside Winter Celebration.
Plungers dive into the freezing winter waters of Lake Ontario to help raise money for Special Olympics.
News10NBC spoke to organizers for the plunge about the importance of the event to Special Olympic athletes across the area.
Justin Collins, Polar Plunge, said, "Special Olympics, these athletes don't pay for any of it, the families don't pay. This is a chance for them to go out and compete, enjoy themselves, they get to do something they wouldn't normally get to do. All of that is free to the athletes and Polar Plunge is one of the reasons why."
You can register for the Polar Plunge online. They also accept walkup registrations the day of the event. For more information, click here.