By Whitney Bunn
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer
Fifteen degrees. Six thousand gallons of ice-cold water. One jump.
On Thursday, Feb. 27, several Michigan officials, including Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum , dove into frigid waters participating in the Third Annual Legislative Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Michigan.
Raising more than $30,000, the 30 plungees sported costumes as they jumped into a pool of freezing water in front of the Michigan State Capital.
Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum wore a hot pink bikini – over a black body suit – for her third Polar Plunge.
Her signature jump?
The “Belly Smacker.”
“That’s what I always do,” Byrum said. “That’s about the only jump I know.”
In the wake of this winter’s Polar Vortex, Byrum admitted that this was the coldest day she’s ever jumped.
Despite the arctic temperatures, she adamantly supported the cause. “I think we all have ties to the Special Olympics, whether we know it or not … This allows all people to compete and enjoy sports.” Continue reading