Brisk weather makes plunge ‘shocking’

From the Register-Mail:

Sunday was the first day of meteorological spring. Try telling that to the 200-plus people who braved a 15-degree wind chill and jumped into Lake Storey as part of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge.

Money raised by the event benefits Region IV of Special Olympics Illinois….

The Polar Plunge here, the 7th annual, is one of 17 plunges held across the state from Feb. 28 to March 21.

She said 189 people registered online before the event, putting it well on the way to a record number after walk-ins signed up. The temperature was 26 at “plunge” time, with a wind of 7 mph, gusting to 13, from the north/northeast….

Cassandra Milleville, a junior at Knox and a member of Tri Delta sorority, said this was her first plunge.

“We’re getting more nervous,” she said. Milleville said she watched the plunge other years and “it’s never that cold when you’re coming here” to watch.

Milleville said almost every fraternity and sorority from Knox had a team in the plunge.