Bullfrog Spas sponsored a Polar Plunge on Saturday, February 9, a benefit for the Special Olympics.
In the frozen north, on Utah Lake near Saratoga Springs, Utah they placed a large eight person spa to allow participants to shake off the cold of the 35 degree lake water.
Polar Bear Plunges, if you are not familiar, are fund raising events, held during the coldest winter months. Participants pay a fee, and can raise pledge money from friends and family. Polar Bear Plunges, as they are sometimes called have become strong annual traditions in many northern towns.
This plunge has adopted the phrase “We’re Freezin’ for a Reason” as participants leap into icy waters. The ice is so thick that chain saws are used to open up the ice sheet and form a pool large enough to fit everyone.
And of course, the smart people at Bullfrog came up with the idea of sponsoring some of these events – what do people need the most after taking the plunge in cold water – Hot Water, of course! According to a participant who slipped into the 100 degree spa, “Your hot tub pretty much saved my life.”
Polar plungers frequently don outrageous costumes, or plan funny group plunges. Hot food and drinks are brought in by local restaurants. There are corporate teams, couples, families and individuals taking the icy plunge. Polar plunges are always a festive event, full of smiles of shrieks.
I suppose that we could do a “Grizzly Bear Plunge” here in Orange County – brrrr! 65 degree water! I wonder if Bullfrog spas would bring by their large 8-person spa? We can supply the spa cover and spa chemicals, heck, if we break it, we can even fix it with parts for a Bullfrog spa!