Evy Brunelle ~ News Editor
On Saturday, Feb. 6, Lynchburg hosted its first Polar Plunge event.
Event coordinator Katherine Clement said, “In past winters, Lynchburg residents already felt cooped up and this year with COVID-19 extending that cabin fever all year, we wanted to provide a safe and unique activity for everyone to find an excuse to get outside. Another reason this event was held was to support the Lynchburg Parks and Recreation scholarship fund.”
Clement also said that even though there were many COVID-19 safety precautions, the participants still had fun. “This is our inaugural year offering the Lynchburg Polar Plunge. As with all changes to our lives due to COVID-9, we had to take measures to prevent the spread and asked all involved to wear a mask and remain socially distanced. I believe the plunge was a success and everyone seemed to have a great time plunging. We had families, friends and a participant hailing from Nashville show up to plunge,” said Clement.
University of Lynchburg senior Rachel Parent said, “I think the event is for a good cause as well, with the $12 fee going towards a scholarship fund.”
Clement noted that the event was held at Percival’s Island near downtown Lynchburg because, “it provided the safest location to plunge into the James River. It also provided an open safe space for spectators to watch their family member or friend plunge into the cold river.”
Clement also wanted to highlight the role of the Lynchburg Fire Department Swift Water Rescue Team for their “integral role in keeping all plungers safe in the water. This event would not have been possible without them.”
Hopefully, after this year’s success, this event will take place every year!