Nineteen Years of Freezing For a Reason

The 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge season kicks off this Friday with the SUPER Plunge at Clark Street Beach in Evanston. It is the first of 24 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge events around the state that will benefit Special Olympics Illinois.

Over 70 brave SUPER Plungers will begin jumping into Lake Michigan at 2 pm. Friday, Feb. 16 and the plunging elite will continue once an hour for 24 hours until 1 pm Saturday, Feb. 17.

During the SUPER Plunge, Chicago Blackhawks fans are invited to join Tommy Hawk for a Blackhawks Plunge Hour on Feb. 17 at 10:00 am. Participants must raise a minimum of $100 and will be entered for a chance to win four tickets to a 2018 Blackhawks home game and locker room tour.

As Special Olympics turns 50, we celebrate all of the fundraisers that have helped support sports training and competition for athletes. The LETR Polar Plunge has a long-standing history with Special Olympics. For 19 years, adventurous souls have taken to the icy waters of local lakes throughout the state. In 1999, Plunge started in Lake Bluff with 150 Plungers raising more than $34,000. The Polar Plunge has since grown to 24 plunge events throughout Illinois and in that time, more than 66,000 plungers have raised more than $18.4 million.

Warm-hearted individuals are encouraged to be bold and get cold by taking the plunge with local law enforcement officers and others from the community at one of 23 “traditional” Plunges (one plunge per participant) happening statewide. Each Plunger must raise a minimum of $100 and will receive a cardinal red Polar Plunge hooded sweatshirt.

This year features 2 NEW Traditional Plunges:

February 17 – Carbondale

February 18 – Evanston

February 18 – Palatine

February 24– Bloomington, Carlyle, Mahomet, Mendota, Quincy

February 25 – Fox Lake, Galesburg

March 3 – Benton, Chatham, Decatur, Effingham, Manteno, Oak Brook, Rockford

March 4 – Macomb, Yorkville,

March 9 – Belleville (NEW)

March 10 – Joliet, Champaign (NEW)

March 25 – Rock Island

For more information, to register, or to support a plunger, visit Join the conversation on FacebookTwitter and Instagram using hashtag #PlungeWith.

All proceeds benefit the 23,000 athletes and 20,000 Young Athletes of Special Olympics Illinois.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest year-round fundraising vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and to gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® has raised more than $47 million over 32 years while increasing awareness of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and their accomplishments.

We thank our Statewide Presenting Polar Plunge Sponsors: GEICO, RIU Hotels & Resorts, and Apple Vacations.