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Lake City’s Polar Plunge helps Florence County Disabilities

January 6, 2019

LAKE CITY, S.C. – Nine hardy souls turned out Saturday morning at Lake City’s lake and took the (polar) plunge for Florence County Disabilities.

“We’re going to go to the edge there where the police tape is, and we’re going to run, and I’m not kidding. We’re going to joggish run, joggish run under the dock, and then we’re going to have to go under some tape,” said Mary Kelley, executive director of the Greater Lake City Chamber of Commerce. “It’s going to be five seconds of excitement, kind of like the Kentucky Derby.

“Why would we not, first of all, use it? But use it for good,” Kelley said of the lake, which was officially opened in April.

Planners had asked to be able to jump into the lake, but county officials turned them down in favor of the running course.

The course, which crossed under the gazebo that extends over the lake, included an area where participants would have to get more than knee deep to get through before they emerged on the other side.

The water temperature and the air temperature were both 55 degrees, one spectator told Kelley as he showed her his cell phone. In the water, though, the wind was not blowing, he said.

“We got it made,” Kelley said in response to the weather information.

“She wanted to do it, and I was volunteered,” said Noah Hendricks, who turned out for the event with Samantha Sparrow.

Sparrow said this was her first polar plunge, and she didn’t know what to expect, except “very, very, very cold water.”

Adam Floyd and Trey Jones with NLS Landscaping ran as a team. Their boss was going to turn out to run as well, but the boss didn’t run.

Lynn Miller, Traci McCutcheon and Shannon Belk turned out to run together – something Belk and McCutcheon blamed on Miller.

The trio said they turned out to support Lake City in its efforts to do something for the disabilities agency.

The event, which cost $20 to enter, raised money to send Florence County Disabilities employees to the Special Olympics.

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