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.
Polar Plunge Souvenir Store
Click the banner below to visit our online plunge souvenir store.
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.
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 the following prizes as well.
- $250 – Red Plunge Towel
- $500 – Under Armour Undeniable Storm Duffle Bag
- $1000 – Under Armour Storm Extreme Cold Gear Jacket
- (1) seven night trip for two people to Riu Palace Bavaro in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic valid thru 11/1/2015
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 these short video tutorials to help you navigate your page and registration: How-to Register Tutorial, How-to Update Your Page Tutorial, How to Join/Create a Team After Registration and How To Add Donations to Your Page. You can also access additional Resources below.
When you’re ready to register click on the plunge below that is nearest you!
We have plenty of resources available for you to help make your plunge a success!
- 2015 Polar Plunge Registration Instructions
- 2015 Illinois Polar Plunge Dates & Locations
- 2015 Polar Plunge Tips
- 2015 Polar Plunge Team Book
- 2015 Polar Plunge Sample Donation Letter
- 2015 Plunger Business Cards
- 2015 Plunge Offline Donation Tracking Form
- 2015 Plunge Donor Receipts
- Cool School Challenge Guide
- 2015 Plunge Incentive Prizes
- Day of Plunge Tips