Sporting costumes and gutsy smiles, more than 1,000 people willingly leaped into the frigid waters of Anchorage’s Goose Lake on Saturday for the sixth-annual Polar Plunge. Participants braved freezing temperatures for the event, a fundraiser for Special Olympics Alaska. Organizers were expecting to receive $400,000 in donations to support athletes with intellectual disabilities as a result of the event.“Where in the world would you rather be today?” said Special Olympics Alaska president and CEO Jim Balamaci, watching the event unfold in a deerskin and red fox fur hat. “Every year, it gets bigger and stronger.”This year’s crop of “plungers” included Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen.-elect Dan Sullivan, who jumped in with their families. This was the first time making the plunge for Murkowski, dressed in a work suit and acting on a promise made to Special Olympics athletes last year. Asked how it felt after her plunge, the dripping-wet senator replied, "Refreshing!" with a broad smile.SEE PHOTOS: 2014 Special Olympics Polar PlungeWatch this video on Vimeo or YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Tara Young at tara(at)alaskadispatch.com.