The south bay swim beach at Horsetooth is going to feel like the south pole to those brave enough to plunge into the freezing waters for a great cause.

'Brave' often rides the line between 'courageous' and 'crazy,' but 'fun' is also a word that's used when it comes to the Horsetooth Polar Bear Run and Plunge. The event boasts that over 1,500 people have braved the waters since its inception.

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The event, held on Saturday, January 22, 2022, benefits the Larimer County Dive Rescue Team (LCDRT,) whose mission is the rescue and/or recovery of people and property involved in water-related accidents. LCDRT currently has a GoFundMe campaign underway to acquire a new truck, so this is a great way to help them stay afloat.

The day begins with a 5K run at 10 a.m. followed by the plunge at 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Groups of 3-5 people will jump into the very, very cold water under the watchful eyes of LCDRT.

I think back to when I did my first, and only (so far), Horsetooth Half (marathon). That was in April, and it snowed that morning. We parked over at the Holiday Twin Drive-In and walked over in our running shoes, which got soaked in cold water. That seemed pretty brutal at the time. Of course, after the run started, things warmed up.

I can't imagine how piercingly cold you must feel when plunging into Horsetooth, but I'll bet it does give you a sense of accomplishment when you're done, much like it did when I finished that half-marathon.

It sounds like they'll have doughnuts and soups for after the event, but you are asked to bring your own towels and a change of clothes. Unless, of course, you're 'brave' enough to remain in your freezing plunge attire.

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