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Outdoor events prevail despite cold

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The harsh winter made it tough on outdoor events this year, but in central Wisconsin people are making the most of it.

Below zero temperatures postponed the Merrill Optimist Club's Cardboard Sled Race from January until Saturday.

Even though the cold hit again, about a dozen people still participated in the event.

"The kids are going to go back to school obviously they'll be, so excited they'll be telling all their friends and we're going to ramp it up for next year," said Carrie Cordova, the event chair.

But not all outdoor events fared as well. Merrill's snow sculpture contest was also rescheduled to Saturday. Due to the cold, only one team participated.

"The snow drifts are making it hard to even get to the mound and it's cold, but we'll get it done," said Jane Schulz, a participant.

Others also embraced the cold by diving right in. Special Olympics held their polar plunge in Wausau on Saturday.

"Weather was a little bit of factor in our event," said Alyssa Matelski, the organizer of the polar plunge. "It took us a little bit longer to set up than usual."

But the brisk temperatures didn't scare people away as about 600 people took the plunge. Participants raised about $112,000, all going toward Special Olympics.

"We're so thankful for the community and how they come out year after year, despite the crazy temperatures and cold winds," said Matelski.

So whether it's for a cause or just plain old fun, people in central Wisconsin aren't going to let the weather win.

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