Yellowknifers made a splash as they took a dip in the 2019 LETR Freezin’ For A Reason Polar Plunge.

Organized by Law Enforcement Torch Run NWT, the annual event raises money for the territory’s Special Olympics. Participants have the choice of joining a team or running in individually as they take turns rushing into the ice-cold water before hurrying back to dry land.

“It’s very, very cold, and I think we’re probably one of the only areas in Canada that does their polar plunge in May,” said Const. Heather Consenzo, director of the area’s Law Enforcement Torch Run.

She said the organization is dedicated to assisting Special Olympians to pursue athletics and the event is a key fundraiser in their efforts to help secure facilities and equipment.

“We really want to make sure these Olympians can participate in sport year-round,” she said. “We want to make sure everyone has that same access.”

Nick Pearce

Nick Pearce is a writer and reporter in Yellowknife, looking for unique stories on the environment and people that make up the North. He's a graduate of Queen's University, where he studied Global Development...

Leave a comment

Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published.