Eighth Annual Polar Plunge is Saturday Morning
By West Kentucky Star Staff
GILBERTSVILLE, KY - The Polar Plunge swim and 5k run to benefit Special Olympics marks its eighth year in Western Kentucky on Saturday, when the chilly event hits the water at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park.

Participants can pick up their packets and check in early on Friday from 4 - 6 pm at the Kentucky Dam Village Convention Center. Runners and plungers can turn in all remaining money, get their number and/or wristband they will need on Saturday, and pick up their T-shirt and select other fundraising prizes. This will also allow them to avoid lines on Plunge day.

Polar Plunge 5k Race Day check-in will be from 7:30-8:45 am with the Polar Plunge 5k starting at 9 am. Polar Plunge check-in opens from 9 - 10:45 am with opening ceremonies and costume contest from 10:45 am until 11:30 am. The Plunge begins at approximately 11:30 and should run until about 1 pm.

The Western Kentucky Polar Plunge is one of five that will be held statewide this year. Other events will take place in Lake Cumberland, Lexington, Louisville and Northern Kentucky (Bellevue). Last year, the Western KY Polar Plunge raised over $99,000.

All funds raised go to support the more than 7,800 children and adults with intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics programs in Kentucky, and the more than 2,000 volunteers who help run those programs statewide.

For more information about the Polar Plunge, contact Laura Miller, West Regional Director, at 270-293-9054 or via e-mail at, or visit

Published 10:19 PM, Wednesday Feb. 15, 2017
Updated 05:32 PM, Tuesday Feb. 14, 2017

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