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(PHOTOS) Cheyenne community members gather for annual polar plunge

The 10th annual Schwartz Memorial Polar Plunge took place at Sloan Lake on Jan. 21. (Photo by Stephanie Lam / Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Some people call it crazy, some call it masochistic, but for the Schwartz Polar Plunge participants, jumping into freezing lake water in the middle of winter is a revered tradition.

Dozens of Cheyenne community members, decked out in winter coats and swimsuits, gathered at Kiwanis Community House at Lions Park this morning to celebrate the city’s 10th annual plunge.

Members of the F.E. Warren Air Force Fire Department also came to the event to supervise and assist participants.

For $30 per person, anyone could sign up to dive into the designated plunge area at Sloan Lake.

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All proceeds will go toward the EOD Warrior foundation, a Florida-based nonprofit providing financial assistance and support to veterans and those in active duty.

Last year, participants and supporters raised roughly $6,500 for the foundation.

Created in 2013, the event is named after Technical Sergeant Matthew Schwartz, who worked at F.E. Warren Air Force Base and was killed in 2012 in Afghanistan when his vehicle was hit by an explosive device.

A woman watches the Schwartz Polar Plunge team remove blocks of ice from Sloan Lake to make the diving area. (Photo by Stephanie Lam / Cap City News)
A group of men from the F.E. Warren Air Force Fire Department help one another suit up. (Photo by Stephanie Lam / Cap City News)
Two men test their wet suits and wait in the water before the plunge. (Photo by Stephanie Lam / Cap City News)
Several plunge participants get ready to dive into the freezing lake. (Photo by Stephanie Lam / Cap City News)
Three men jump into the water together. (Stephanie Lam / Cap City News)
A woman runs out of the lake after the plunge. (Photo by Stephanie Lam / Cap City News)
A cold boy reaches for his towel. (Photo by Stephanie Lam / Cap City News)
A boy emerges from the plunge and uses a wooden ladder for support. (Photo by Stephanie Lam / Cap City News)
Two plunge participants shake off excess lake water. (Photo by Stephanie Lam / Cap City News)
Two men dry off after the plunge. (Photo by Stephanie Lam / Cap City News).

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