Hundreds take the Polar Plunge in Radford

Radford, Va. (WSLS10)  Hundreds of people braved the cold elements to take part in the annual Highlander Polar Plunge.

It's an event that raises money for people who are in the Special Olympics.

Organizers say this year was the highest turnout of people they've seen.

Over 400 people registered and over $40,000 was raised.

Organizers say Special Olympics is important because it helps those who have intellectual disabilitieses be able to build character and gain confidence.

"Its really great that the community has support the event even though canceleded it last year every time I've spoken to a group our goal is 50 thousand dollars we'll get close, I'm hoping we do," Matt Camire, organizer of the Polar Plunge said.

Saturday's event goes along with two others in the state.

People who participateded in the Polar Plunge are glad to help raise money for a good cause.

"We raised so much money for such a good caesthetes we wouldn't be doing this without thatchetsits not about us its about them and we're doing this for them,"  Aaron Ritter, a participant said.