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Vermonters take the plunge for Special Olympics

Posted February 16, 2007

More than 900 people (including the wedding party pictured below) plunged into the icy waters of Lake Champlain on Feb. 10 as part of the annual Penguin Plunge that benefits the Special Olympics of Vermont — a new record.

Some of the largest groups in the plunge were from area schools, including the Chittenden East Supervisory Union, and the Milton schools. Merchants Bank, Vermont Tent Company, as well as Burlington firefighters and rugby players also had a strong presence at the event.

Thousands of people stood on the icy shores to cheer, and gasp.

Photos by Jessica K. Kell