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Dozens take the polar bear plunge

FORT SILL, OK (KSWO)- Dozens geared up in winter weather attire to run in the annual Polar Bear Plunge and 5K at Lake Elmer Thomas and Recreation Area Saturday morning.

This is the third year for this event, but the first time it was organized by the Better Opportunities for Single Service Members organization. About 50 brave souls showed up to make the 3.1-mile run. Participant Rachel Golden says she is braving the cold on a Saturday morning for her friends.

"My friends talked me into doing this and it's really cold out here and I really don't want to be here," said Golden.

After the run, about half the participants decided to make the trek to the beach at Lake Elmer Thomas and jump in for the polar bear plunge. Event organizer and B.O.S.S. president Kevin Murphy says these runners are much braver than him to take the plunge.

 "If they want to run in you know they can just go ankle deep if they want or they can fully dive in. It's going to be pretty cold out there so again hats off to them," said Murphy.

The proceeds from this event will go to fund future events for the Better Opportunities for Single Service Members organization at Fort Sill.

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