Special Olympics Polar Plunge Set for March 7th
By West Kentucky Star Staff
GILBERTSVILLE - The 11th Annual Polar Plunge into Kentucky Lake and 5k run, presented by Peel & Holland, will be held Saturday, March 7th.

All funds raised by the event go to support the more than 10,200 children and adults with intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics programs in Kentucky.

The Plunge works like a walk-a-thon, with Polar Bears each raising a “bear” minimum of $75, ($50 for those between 6-18 years old), to earn the right to plunge. Every Polar Bear receives an official Polar Plunge T-shirt and Polar Bear Club Certificate, but participants who raise more money can earn better rewards.

This year's event will again feature the Polar 5k ($40 entry fee), which will run through Kentucky Dam Village State Park, also on March 7th. 

In addition, the Polar Triple Crown Challenge, which includes three challenges for the bravest participants: the Polar 5k, the traditional “Jump-In” from a dock, and a “Run-In” from a beach area, will be available. 

Participants can register and raise money on-line at the link below.

Those who want to support the Polar Plunge, but not jump or run can register as a “Virtual Plunger” and also raise funds. They will receive the Polar Plunge T-shirt and are eligible for all other fundraising prizes. 

Event Organizer Chuck Williams, speaking on the Greg Dunker Show, said the Polar Plunge helps to provide many opportunities to the very deserving Special Olympics athletes. He added, "a moment of chill provides a years worth of thrills for our athletes."

Events begin on Friday, March 6th, with Polar Plunge 5k packet pick up and Polar Plunge early check-in from 4:00-6:00 pm at the Kentucky Dam Village Convention Center. Participants can turn in all remaining money, get registered to participate on Saturday, (March 7th), pick up their T-shirt and select other fundraising prizes, while avoiding lines on Saturday.

Polar Plunge/5k Race Day check-in will open at 8:00 am. Opening ceremonies will begin at 10:00 am. The 5k will start at 10:45 and will include the lighting of the Special Olympics Cauldron. The Plunge will begin at 11:15 and should conclude at approximately 1:00 pm.

For more information about the Polar Plunge activities, click the link below.

On the Net:

2020 Polar Plunge and 5K Information and Registration

Published 02:00 PM, Saturday Feb. 01, 2020
Updated 01:04 PM, Saturday Feb. 01, 2020



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