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.

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.

SUPER Plunge @ Northwestern University Beach | Illinois | United States
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[...]
Bloomington Polar Plunge @ Miller Park Lake | Bloomington | Illinois | United States
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[...]
Northwestern University Polar Plunge @ Northwestern University Beach | Illinois | United States
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[...]
Fox Lake Polar Plunge @ Lakefront Park - Fox Lake | Fox Lake | Illinois | United States
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.[...]
Carbondale Polar Plunge @ SIU Campus Lake - Carbondale | Carbondale | Illinois | United States
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[...]
Carlyle Polar Plunge @ Carlyle Lake | Illinois | United States
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.[...]
Mahomet Polar Plunge @ Lake of the Woods | Mahomet | Illinois | United States
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[...]
Effingham Polar Plunge @ Lake Sara | Illinois | United States
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.[...]
Quincy Polar Plunge @ Moorman Lake | Quincy | Illinois | United States
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.[...]
Palatine Polar Plunge @ Twin Lakes | Palatine | Illinois | United States
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.[...]
Galesburg Polar Plunge @ Lake Storey | Galesburg | Illinois | United States
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.[...]
Decatur Polar Plunge @ The Beach House, Lake Decatur | Decatur | Illinois | United States
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[...]
Rend Lake Polar Plunge @ Rend Lake - South Sandusky Beach | Benton | Illinois | United States
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.[...]
Rockford Polar Plunge @ Rock Cut State Park - Olson Lake | Caledonia | Illinois | United States
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.[...]
Springfield Polar Plunge @ Lake Springfield | Chatham | Illinois | United States
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.[...]
Lake Bluff Polar Plunge @ Sunrise Beach | Lake Bluff | Illinois | United States
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.[...]
Illini Polar Plunge @ University of Illinois, Memorial Stadium | Champaign | Illinois | United States
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[...]
Manteno Polar Plunge @ Manteno Sportsman's Club | Manteno | Illinois | United States
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.[...]
Yorkville Polar Plunge @ Loon Lake - Silver Springs State Park | Yorkville | Illinois | United States
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.[...]
Joliet Polar Plunge @ Leisure Lakes | Channahon | Illinois | United States
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.[...]
Lincoln Polar Plunge @ Lincoln Lakes | Lincoln | Illinois | United States
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.[...]
Rock Island Plunge @ Wicks Lake at Jumers | Milan | Illinois | United States
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

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