Polar Plunge


2015 Plunge Results

2015 Plunge Season Over

The 2015 plunge season has ended with great success. This year 7,610 individual took the plunge raising more than $2 million for Special Olympics Illinois. This will allow us to continue providing quality programming to the 21,000 athletes in the state of Illinois. We hope that many of you return next year and continue to support our efforts to bring programming to even more individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Check out this cool video of the 2015 Rockford Polar Plunge done by Airborn Media:

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.

2015 Incentive Prizes

  • $250 Prize - Polar Plunge Towel
  • $500 Prize - Under Armour Undeniable Storm Duffle Bag
  • $1000 Prize - Under Armour Storm Extreme Cold Gear Jacket

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

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 these short video tutorials to help you navigate your page and registration: How-to Register TutorialHow-to Update Your Page TutorialHow 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!

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