Tysons, VA

It’s still chilly out, but locals are invited to change into their bathing suit and take a “polar plunge” at the Mosaic District later this month.

The NOVA Polar Plunge Festival on Saturday, Jan. 19, is held in support of the Special Olympics. For a $100 donation to the Special Olympics, attendees can cannonball into an icy pool of water.

Beyond the donation to take the plunge, the event has certain fundraising benchmarks — from a commemorative t-shirt for $100 donors to a name on the Special Olympics walk of fame for those who raise $5,000.

The event starts with check-in at noon, with the first plunge starting at 1 p.m. and a costume contest and award ceremony at 2 p.m.

Parking for the event is free and available at the garages at 2987 and 2920 District Ave.

Polar Plunge festivals take place in four different locations across Virginia. According to the Polar Plunge website, funding goes to support Special Olympics Virginia to provide “year-round sports training, competition, leadership opportunities and health service to more than 23,000 athletes of all abilities.”

Currently, donors have chipped in $8,263 of the group’s $35,000 goal.

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