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Tuesday, Mar 05 2013 12:01 AM

Everyone welcome at Stallion Springs 'Chilly' Dip Saturday

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Seen above, last year’s participants partake in this cold plunge. Come rain, shine, wind, or snow, this year’s “Chilly Dip” will take place on Saturday, March 9, at 11:30 a.m., at the Stallion Springs CSD outdoor pool. FILE Photos by Nick Smirnoff

The 3rd Annual Stallion Springs "Chilly" Dip is planned for Saturday, March 9, at the Stallion Springs Community Services District outdoor swimming pool. Come rain, sunshine or snow, residents and visitors bravely face the elements to raise funds for Stallion Springs park and recreation facility improvements.

Last year, 52 brave souls replicated the famous "Midwest Polar Plunge." Although the Polar Plunge takes place on Jan. 1, the Stallion Springs' version is permanently set for the second Saturday in March at 11:30 a.m.

The only requirement is that jumpers be clothed and able to swim. No skinny dipping allowed. Residents can get creative with the clothing requirement and come dressed in costumes, uniforms, wet suits, tee shirts, shorts, pajamas or swimming suits. New this year -- a costume contest to reward the most creative costumes in the bunch!

A pre-registration fee of ten dollars ($10) earns the right to jump, a tee shirt and a chili boat to celebrate the feat. Jumpers pay $15 when they sign up the day of the event. In 2012, dozens more came to watch and support the cause with the purchase of a tee shirt and chili boat for $15 (non-jumper's price).

Stallion Springs' Chilly Dip jumper Tom Lange called the experience "exhilarating!" Chris Burris chimed in saying that the water was freeeeee-zing.

"When I went under, I thought, what am I doing? But I'm all in for Stallion and if that means jumping in the pool in March, I'm there,' he said.

Chris was in good company. The event brought in nearly $1,700 from on-site participation and business sponsorships.

The Annual Stallion Springs' Chilly Dip is fast becoming a community tradition. Event coordinators are hoping to increase the participation and money raised this year.

"Last year, the number of kids taking the plunge increased greatly," said Stallion Springs Recreation Director Vanessa Stevens. "We had a hard time getting them out of the pool. This year, we're adding more prizes and surprises to the event including Stallion's very own dance team performing a tribute to the Chilly Dip. Everyone, throughout the Greater Tehachapi area, is invited to take the plunge."

Chilly Dip event sponsorship forms and participation forms are available at the Stallion Springs CSD administrative office, 27800 Stallion Springs Drive. Participants can register in advance or beginning at 10:45 a.m. the morning of the event.

For more information contact the Stallion Springs CSD at 822-3268.

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