LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — While the amount of snow still covering central Virginia has left some people eager to say goodbye to winter, Lynchburg Parks and Recreation is inviting local adults to celebrate the season instead by taking a Polar Plunge into the James River Saturday morning.
The inaugural Polar Plunge at Percival’s Island — which is held in conjunction with the Lynchburg Fire Department’s Swift Water Rescue team — gives community members the chance to prove they can “bear the cold and crawl out with pride,” according to Lynchburg Parks and Recreation.
The event will take place 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6 is open to anyone age 18 and up.
Registration is set to close at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3 so staff can ensure the enforcement of proper social distancing, officials say. In addition, participants will be asked to wear face masks and will be seeded into start waves based on their registration time.
The registration fee is $12 per person, but all participants will reportedly receive a towel for their accomplishment.
If you want more information about this event, you are asked to call Katherine Clement, Chief Naturalist, at (434) 455-5854.
Need a little motivation to sign up for the Polar Plunge? Check out this video of WFXR News’ Mickey Johnson taking an icy dip of his own by Mariner’s Landing at Smith Mountain Lake on Sunday, Jan. 31: