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 2014, there will be Plunges in 20 locations.
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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 (see individual and team prizes).
How to Register
Plungers who brave the icy waters will receive incentive prizes at various fundraising levels. All plungers who raise the minimum of $75 will receive a hooded sweatshirt. Plungers are eligible for all prizes at their fundraising level and below. The additional incentive items are:
- $250 – Beach Towel
- $500 – Under Armour Backpack
- $1,000 – Embroidered Columbia 1/2 Zip Fleece
All proceeds collected by plungers benefit Special Olympics Illinois athletes. In 2013, more than $1.7 million was raised by more than 6,290 plungers. In 15 years, $10.2 million has been raised by more than 38,000 plungers! See results from 2013 Plunges.
If you don’t want to take the plunge, but still want to be part of the fun you can support someone else who is taking the plunge.
We have plenty of resources available for you to help make your plunge a success!
- Polar Plunge Fact Sheet
- Polar Plunge Location Map
- Polar Plunge Supporting Documents
- Polar Plunge Donation Tracking Form
- Polar Plunge Donor Receipts
- Polar Plunge Sample Donation Letter
- Polar Plunger Business Cards
- Polar Plunge Promotional Video
- Online Registration Instructions
- Polar Plunge Cool School Guide
- Polar Plunge Pre-Registration Events
- 2014 Polar Plunge Press Release
- 2014 Polar Plunge Team Book
Plunge Dates and Locations – Register for your Plunge Below
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