DENVER (CBS4)– The Denver Zoo celebrated International Polar Bear Day with a Splash and Dash as part of the Polar Plunge series for the Special Olympics.

Saturday’s event began at 11 a.m. with a 5K race in City Park before moving into the zoo’s Conoco Zoo Gardens pavilion where participants braved the elements and jumped into an ice cold pool.

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(credit: Denver Zoo)

(credit: Denver Zoo)

Denver Zoo president and CEO Shannon Block was one of the participants. All proceeds from the event benefit Special Olympics Colorado.

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Polar bears Lee and Cranbeary celebrate International Polar Bear Day with a treat (credit: Denver Zoo)

Polar bears Lee and Cranbeary celebrate International Polar Bear Day with a treat (credit: Denver Zoo)

In celebration of International Polar Bear Day, Denver Zoo guests will find out how they can save polar bears in the wild. Polar bears Lee and Cranbeary enjoyed a special ice sculpture treat of fish gel.

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(credit: Denver Zoo)

(credit: Denver Zoo)