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'Jackalope Jump' set Saturday at City Hall

Feb 24, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge Staff Writer

The Polar Bear Club will have nothing on the Riverton Police Department this weekend as it prepares to be "cool" at the Jackalope Jump.

The Riverton Fire Department will fill a large water tank at Riverton City Hall on Saturday for participants who have agreed to take the icy plunge to raise money for Special Olympics Wyoming.

In order for an individual to jump, a minimum of $100 in donations must be raised, or if a team of at least five jump, a minimum of $250 is required. Prizes for most money raised and craziest costume will be awarded at the event.

Police chief Mike Broadhead said he looks forward to the event, which has gained in popularity around the state. The first Jackalope Jump took place in Douglas.

"The tank is a National Guard piece of equipment and is quite large," Broadhead said. "The Riverton Fire Department will be filling it and emptying it for us. Anyone jumping simply has to jump in and out."

Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can -- with proper instruction and encouragement -- learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports.

Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. at Riverton City Hall, and jumping begins at 11:30 a.m.

Broadhead said the Jackalope Jump will be a fun time for everyone involved.

"If someone dies of hypothermia, that will definitely put a damper on the entire event, but jumpers will have to sign a waiver, and ultimately it is meant to be fun event that benefits a great cause," Broadhead said.

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