VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Students kicked off the annual Polar Plunge at the Oceanfront on Friday.

The students gathered at Neptune's Park before taking the icy dip in the ocean.

The event raises money for the Special Olympics, and organizers say they are short of their one million dollar goal.

A bigger Polar Plunge event started at 9 a.m. Saturday, and was followed by a 1-mile "Dash and Splash" run/walk event at 10:30 a.m. The festivities continued until 2 p.m., and included a costume parade and contest, vendors, and live music.

More information can be found on the Polar Plunge's website.