SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Hundreds of people came to Sullivan's Island Thursday afternoon, some of them to run into the Atlantic, but all for a good cause.
"When you first get in you want to stop, but you have everyone running behind you and you just got to keep going," said Noah Kelly.
It's the 2015 Polar Bear Plunge on Sullivan's Island. For some, the dive into the Atlantic wasn't too bad.
"You hit the water and you can't breathe for a second, but once you get there it's a great feeling," said Kelly.
"It's the most exhilarating thing ever," said Stephen Wilson.
Some folks sat out and didn't want to fight the freezing temperatures.
"It was the loudest thing I've ever heard. I've never heard that many people run at the same time, but it was good. People are getting crazy and having a good time," said Jessica Wolfery.
Having a good time celebrating the start of 2015, and it's all for a good cause. This year's Polar Bear Plunge will benefit the Special Olympics.
"Special Olympics is a great event. I also have a child with special needs so I really appreciate what they do out here," said Eric Cobbs.
"We found the ladies out there collecting the money. I'm glad they do that," Wolfery said.
Folks we spoke with who took the plunge, say there's no better way to kick off the new year then doing the Plunge on Sullivan's Island.
"Just being on the beach, hanging out and interacting with all of these fine people right here and hanging out with friends and family members. What's a better way to start off the new year," said Robert Druce.
For more information on how to make a donation to the Special Olympics, visit their website at www.specialolympics.org