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Warm weather alters traditions at annual ‘Polar Plunge’ charity event

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Posted at 9:34 PM, Feb 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-07 23:34:53-05

SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah -- An annual event that raises funds for Special Olympics took a little creativity to put on this year, as the ice necessary for a "Polar Plunge" was nowhere to be found due to unseasonably warm weather.

In previous years, event organizers would cut a hole in the ice at Utah Lake, and participants who raised funds for their jump would then plunge into the frigid water. However, this year record-high warm weather has meant that isn't a viable option. The lake is also at a lower level than usual, which meant there wasn't a good place for plungers to make their leap. Still, organizers kept the event going by modifying it to use a big above-ground pool and a giant slide.

See the video above for footage from the event.