Polar Plunge

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The Polar Plunge is over for 2014. Thank you to all the wonderful people who came out to support this event and took the plunge for Special Olympics Illinois. More then 7,300 warm-hearted participants took part in the plunge. Together, these amazing souls raised more than $2 million for the athletes of Special Olympics Ilinois. We hope you will all join us again next year! For now check out the results from the individual plunges:



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 were Plunges in 20 locations.

Watch this informative video to find out more:

How to participate in the Polar Plunge

2013PolarPlungeAnyone 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

Registration is currently closed.

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. See list of prizes and the winners.

Who Benefits?

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.

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