Saturday, February 16, 2008

Record turnout at 2008 Polar Plunge -- and another sign of Barack Obama's momentum

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Peter Patau Photos

The Capitol and the downtown Madison skyline provided a scenic backdrop for the 2008 Polar Plunge, the annual fundraising event for Special Olympics Wisconsin, held on Lake Monona at Olin-Turville Park this afternoon. In another indication of how everything seems to fall into place for a campaign when it has momentum, I observed one bare midriff (right) painted with Obama's name vs. none for Clinton.

Some 2,000 participants took the icy dunk for charity on this sunny but chilly day. During the time I was there, wind chills had a hard time making it into the single digits. There were so many people that they had to park across John Nolen Drive at the Alliant Center, and shuttle buses brought them to the event. I escaped the Alliant Center mob scene by parking on East Lakeside Street, the little cul de sac that curls in next to the park, separated from it by a little wooden bridge over Wingra Creek. Click here to see my set of Polar Plunge photos on Flickr.

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