42 participants braved the cold water in Riverton today

County 10 Photo - Jackalope Jump, February 2020

Special Olympics Riverton kicked-off the statewide 2020 Jackalope Jump fundraiser today, February 15th. Participants and spectators started to gather at Riverton’s City Hall around 10:00 am this morning to hop into the pool of chilly water provided by the Riverton Fire Department.

Over $6,300 was raised today for Special Olympics Wyoming. This amount significantly surpassed last year’s, shared Special Olympics Riverton Coordinator Lori Sanders.

Kiddo testing the water temperature.

The sun peeked out and raised the outside temperature from 8° to 13° just in time for the Jump to start at 11:00 am. Though there wasn’t a thermometer in the water, it did steam during the morning.

Along with folks jumping there were awards given to participants for things like the largest team. Award winners are as follows:

Lewis Fancher received the award for the athlete who raised the most money.

Lewis Fancher & Cory Rota making the jump for team ‘First Responders.’

Eliana Sanders received the award for the individual who raised the most money.

Eliana and Becca getting ready to jump.

Team ‘Riverton Bartenders’ received the award for raising the most money.

Coldwater aftershock for members of team ‘Riverton Bartenders.’

Team ‘Coyote Ugly’ received the best costume award.

Team ‘Coyote Ugly’ braving the cold water.

Team ‘First Responders’ received the award for the largest team.

RPD Detective Eric Smits made the plunge for team ‘First Responders.’

You can find a Jump near you by clicking here.

Check out the video shared below of all the jumps as well as a photo gallery from the event.