Since 2007, Special Olympics athlete Chad Underwood has not only led the charge into the frigid waters of Lake Springfield, but has been the driving force behind a 5K run held in conjunction with the Springfield Polar Plunge.
According to Chad’s father, Kim Underwood, the family decided to organize the run to help Chad raise funds towards his Plunge efforts. “A 5K seemed like an easy and fun way to raise money,” Underwood said, “plus it was a great fit as Chad enjoys running.”
Chad was diagnosed with autism at age 3 and has been involved with Special Olympics since he was 10 years old. Participating in a number of sports, track, basketball and bowling are his favorites. “His involvement with Special Olympics has been a positive force in our lives. He gets to travel, make friends and is overall more social,” Underwood stated. “In addition to giving back through the run, our family also volunteers with Special Olympics.”
Chad’s Run to the Plunge will take place on Saturday, March 7 at 11 a.m at the Springfield Polar Plunge site. The Plunge will kick off at noon that day. Registration for the run is $20 and all participants will receive an event t-shirt. Individuals can sign up the morning of the event or mail in this registration form.