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2018 Plunge Season

The 2018 Polar Plunge season will run from Friday, February 16 through Sunday, March 26.  Registration is scheduled to open on Wednesday, November 1.

How to Participate in the Polar Plunge

Each year, the Polar Plunge challenges thousands of warm-hearted individuals at numerous locations across the state.  It’s a great way for everyone – individuals, organizations and businesses – to support Special Olympics Illinois.  All funds raised go to provide programming and events for more than 22,000 traditional athletes and 20,000 Young Athletes participating in Illinois!

Think you have what it takes? The concept is simple: participants raise a minimum of $100 in donations from friends, family and co-workers in exchange for taking an icy dip in an Illinois lake.  Anyone can plunge – young and old, but only registered plungers will be allowed in the water.

Under 18, no problem! Individuals under the age of 18 are able to participate but must have a parent or guardian sign a waiver form.  No one of any age is allowed to be carried into the water.

Attire: Anything goes, except a wetsuit.  Shoes recommended; costumes are encouraged.  Remember to bring a towel to dry off!

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.

Who Benefits?

All proceeds collected by plungers benefit the 22,000 traditional athletes and 21,000 Young Athletes of Special Olympics Illinois

2017 Plunge Season Recap


On behalf of the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois, THANK YOU to the 6,367 Polar Plungers, 311 Donut Dashers and everyone who helped make the 2017 Polar Plunges a huge success! Together, more than $1.9 million was raised for the 22,000 traditional athletes and 20,000 Young Athletes of Special Olympics Illinois!

We hope you had fun and will join us again in the winter of 2018!


Plunge Results Dash Results


Click here to view photos from the 2017 Polar Plunge season.