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Polar Plunge makes a splash at Shawnee Mission Park

Participants took to the water for a good cause Saturday, Jan. 28, during the 2012 Polar Plunge at Shawnee Mission Park Lake. The annual event raises money for Special Olympics of Kansas. The weather was 41 degrees and sunny, but brisk wind made for a frigid day.

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"The Flash" swan-dives into the water during the 2012 Polar Plunge at Shawnee Mission Park ...

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Joey Heideman, Olathe, leads "Team Olathe" out of the water during the 2012 Polar Plunge ...

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Participants donned hats, scarves and many other costumes for the 2012 Polar Plunge at Shawnee ...

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Team "Shock and Thaw" riles up the crowd before jumping into Shawnee Mission Park Lake ...

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A team of plungers hits the water during the 2012 Polar Plunge at Shawnee Mission ...

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Shawnee Fire Capt. Mike Whim cheers on a participant during the 2012 Polar Plunge at ...

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A team of plungers splashes into the water during the 2012 Polar Plunge at Shawnee ...

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2012 Polar Plungers run ashore after jumping into frigid water at Shawnee Mission Park Lake. ...

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Spectators crowd the fence to watch the 2012 Polar Plunge at Shawnee Mission Park Lake.

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The Big Bad Wolf was among costumed participants at the 2012 Polar Plunge at Shawnee ...

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A costumed participant heads for the water during the 2012 Polar Plunge at Shawnee Mission ...

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A kilt-clad Ben Wornall, Olathe, emerges from the water during the 2012 Polar Plunge at ...

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A participant in jean shorts and a wig tears into the water during the 2012 ...

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