Polar Plunge

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What is the Polar Plunge?

The Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge, presented by the 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 an Illinois lake. In 2015, there will be Plunges in 20 locations. Also make sure to check out the many RESOURCES HERE.

Watch this informative video to find out more:

How to participate in the Polar Plunge

Anyone can plunge – young and old. Only registered plungers will be allowed in the water. No one of any age is allowed to be carried into the water. A parent or guardian must sign the waiver form if a plunger is under age 18. Attire: Anything but a wetsuit. Shoes are recommended; costumes are encouraged. Remember to bring a towel to dry off!

Participants must raise at least $75 in donations from friends, family and co-workers in exchange for jumping into the icy waters in the middle of winter. Each plunger receives a Polar Plunge sweatshirt and entrance into a Post-Plunge Party, plus the chance to win additional prizes for raising more money.

 

 

What will you #PlungeFor?

This Plunge season, we invite you to tell us why you are jumping into the icy winter waters for Special Olympics Illinois. Please use the dedicated hashtag #PlungeFor in your social media posts (for example, I #PlungeFor the athletes, We #PlungeFor our son, or #PlungeFor Respect).

Download the #PlungeFor flyer or make your own sign to showcase your support. Be creative, have fun and tell others why you brave the elements for the athletes and families of Special Olympics Illinois!

Share your story, photos and get the latest Plunge information on our official Facebook page.

Incentive Prizes

Plungers who brave the icy waters will receive incentive prizes at various fundraising levels. All Plungers who raised the minimum of $75 received a hooded sweatshirt. Individual Plungers and Teams are eligible for various other prizes as well.

Individual Prizes

  • Apple-Riu Joint Logo(1) seven night trip for two people to Riu Palace Bavaro in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic valid thru 11/1/2015

Who Benefits?

All proceeds collected by plungers benefit Special Olympics Illinois athletes. In 2014, more than $2.1 million was raised by more than 7,300 plungers. In 16 years, $12.3 million has been raised by more than 47,000 plungers!

How to Register

Watch this short Video Tutorial or if you’re ready click on the plunge below that is nearest to you! Also be sure to check out our Resources below.

Feb 20 @ 8:00 am – Feb 21 @ 6:00 am Northwestern University Beach
Think You Have What it Takes to SUPER Plunge? Over a 24-hour period, brave men and women take 24 icy dips (once an hour, every hour) in Lake Michigan as part of the SUPER Plunge[...]
Feb 21 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Miller Park Lake
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[...]
Feb 21 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Northwestern University Beach
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[...]
Feb 22 @ 10:30 am – 2:00 pm Lakefront Park - Fox Lake
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 Fox Lake.[...]
Feb 28 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm SIU Campus Lake - Carbondale
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 SIU Campus[...]
Feb 28 @ 10:00 am – 1:45 pm Carlyle Lake
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 Carlyle Lake.[...]
Feb 28 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Lake of the Woods
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 Lake of[...]
Feb 28 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm Lake Sara
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 Lake Sara.[...]
Feb 28 @ 10:30 am – 1:15 pm Moorman Lake
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 Moorman Lake.[...]
Mar 1 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Twin Lakes
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 Twin Lakes.[...]
Mar 1 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Lake Storey
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 Lake Storey.[...]
Mar 7 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm The Beach House, Lake Decatur
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 Lake Decatur. Participants[...]
Mar 7 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Rend Lake - South Sandusky Beach
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 Rend Lake.[...]
Mar 7 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm Rock Cut State Park - Olson Lake
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 Olson Lake.[...]
Mar 7 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm Lake Springfield
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 Lake Springfield.[...]
Mar 7 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Sunrise Beach
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 Lake Bluff.[...]
Mar 7 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm University of Illinois, Memorial Stadium
Take the Plunge at Memorial Stadium! Special Olympics Illinois is excited to partner with the University of Illinois for the inaugural Illini Plunge!  Participants have the opportunity of a lifetime, as they can take the[...]
Mar 7 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Manteno Sportsman's Club
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 Manteno Lake.[...]
Mar 8 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Loon Lake - Silver Springs State Park
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 Loon Lake.[...]
Mar 14 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Leisure Lakes
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 Leisure Lakes.[...]
Mar 21 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Lincoln Lakes
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 Lincoln Lakes.[...]
Mar 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Wicks Lake at Jumers
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 Wicks Lake.[...]

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Resources

We have plenty of resources available for you to help make your plunge a success!