Bloomington Polar Plunge

06 - Bloomington Plunge
February 22, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Miller Park Lake
1020 South Morris Avenue
Bloomington, IL 61701
$75 Minimum
Jill Speer

Take the Plunge

The Polar Plunge, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap into the frigid waters of Miller Park Lake. Participants must raise $75 in donations from friends, family and co-workers in exchange for jumping into the icy waters. View 2014 Bloomington Plunge photos and read about Joe Grove, a Special Olympics athlete from Arizona who returned to Illinois to take the Plunge into Miller Park Lake for the second year in a row.



Plunger Incentive Prizes

Plungers will receive incentive prizes based on the amount of money they raise. By raising the minimum of $75, you’ll receive an official Plunge hooded sweatshirt and admission to the post-plunge party. Other prizes are awarded at the $250, $500 and $1,000 levels.

The additional incentive items are:

  • $250 – Beach Towel
  • $500 – Under Armour Backpack
  • $1,000 – Embroidered Columbia 1/2 Zip Fleece


Skip the registration line on the day of the plunge and pre-register at the Lakeside Country Club (1201 Croxton Ave, Bloomington, IL 61701) on Thursday, February 20 from 6-8 pm. By pre-registering, you will skip the registration line on the day of the plunge. Make sure to bring your offline donations and to separate out team money so each individual is credited appropriately.  Lakeside Country Club will be open to plungers and their family and friends for drinks or dinner from 5- 8 p.m.

Too Chicken to Plunge

If you are “Too Chicken to Plunge,” you may purchase a long-sleeved shirt for $25 and watch the plunge from a VIP area on the beach. After the plunge you are welcome to enjoy complementary cookies and hot chocolate and coffee. You may register for this at the Lakeside County Club during pre-registration or at Miller Park Lake on the day of the plunge.

If you are interested in purchasing a “Too Chicken to Plunge” long-sleeved shirt prior to the plunge, contact Jill Speer ( for more information!


New to the Polar Plunge in 2014 are souvenirs!! We will be selling five items that can be purchased at preregistration or on the day of the plunge. You can check out the items we will be selling here:

Shuttle Buses

Due to the high volume of plungers and limited parking at Miller Park, shuttle buses will be running routes from two locations. Buses will take plungers and spectators to the Miller Park Lake Pavilion front entrance. The shuttles will begin pickups at 9:30 a.m. from ISU lot G83 and Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington. Click the link for more details: Bloomington Polar Plunge Shuttle Route.

Plunge Day Information

There will be 2 Plunge times and 2 registrations – one for each plunge. The Plunge times are as follows:

  • The first Plunge is for teams with over 25 Plungers. Registration is at 9:00 am and the plunge begins at 10:30 am.
  • The second Plunge is for all other teams and individual Plungers. Registration is at 10:30 am and the plunge begins at noon.

Lunch will be served immediately following each Plunge and consists of a deli sandwich and hot chocolate. Lunch is free for plungers and $5 for guests.

Attire: Anything but a wet suit; shoes are required; costumes encouraged.

All plungers must sign a waiver and plungers under the age of 18 MUST have a parent/guardian sign the waiver form.

Additional Information

Bloomington Polar Plunge Waiver

Bloomington Polar Plunge Order

Bloomington Plunge Newsletter

For additional information visit our main plunge site at

WMBD Features the Bloomington Plunge

Bloomington Plunge Sponsors


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