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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

THANK YOU PLUNGERS!

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.

 

Events

Feb 16 @ 1:00 pm – Feb 17 @ 12:00 pm Lake Michigan - Clark Street 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[...]
Feb 17 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm SIU Recreational Center
Take the Plunge or Dash for Donuts 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[...]
Feb 18 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 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.[...]
Feb 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Lake Michigan - Clark Street 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[...]
Feb 24 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 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.[...]
Feb 24 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 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[...]
Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 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[...]
Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Lake Mendota
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 Mendota. Participants[...]
Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 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.[...]
Feb 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 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.[...]
Feb 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 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.[...]
Mar 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 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[...]
Mar 3 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 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.[...]
Mar 3 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 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.[...]
Mar 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 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.[...]
Mar 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 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.[...]
Mar 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Oak Brook Bath and Tennis 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 at Oak Brook[...]
Mar 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 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.[...]
Mar 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 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.[...]
Mar 4 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Spring 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 Spring Lake.[...]
Mar 9 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm 4204 Banquet Center
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 into cold water. Participants must raise $100 in donations from[...]
Mar 10 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 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.[...]
Mar 10 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Universtiy of Illinois, Memorial Stadium Parking Lot
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 into cold water. Participants must raise $100 in donations from[...]
Mar 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 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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