Polar Plunge

The 2023 Polar Plunge season was a great success!

Thanks to everyone for be bolding and getting COLD.

Jumping into freezing water in the middle of winter may seem ridiculous, but for the past 24 years, thousands of people have braved the elements to support Special Olympics Indiana’s athletes!

As Special Olympics Indiana’s signature annual fundraiser, Polar Plunge participants need to raise a minimum of $85 for the opportunity to plunge at one of the 15 different locations across the state. Not only is this an exhilarating experience you’ll never forget, it’s also an incredible way to make a difference in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. All proceeds directly support training and competition opportunities for the nearly 16,000 Special Olympics athletes throughout the state.

Find a location near you and start fundraising to earn cool prizes!

Polar Plunge Virtual Run

Be bold. Get cold. And go the extra mile this winter! The 2023 Polar Plunge Virtual Run is a fun, alternative way to raise money to support Special Olympics Indiana athletes.

Open to runners and walkers of all abilities, the virtual run challenges you to complete a 5K or 10K whenever and wherever you choose during this year‘s Polar Plunge season — now through March 31. Record your time and compete to be the fastest finisher.

All virtual run participants who raise a minimum of $85 will receive an official Polar Plunge Virtual Run medal! Plus, you‘ll be eligible to earn the same prizes as our Polar Plungers. All prizes will be mailed.

Plunge Prizes

The more you raise, the more we all win! All plungers who raise the $85 minimum will receive an official Polar Plunge long-sleeve T-shirt on the day of your event. Plus, preview the additional fundraising prizes available this year.

Become a Super Plunger!

Only for the bravest souls with the warmest hearts, Super Plungers dare to go above and beyond to support Special Olympics Indiana.

To become a Super Plunger, you need to raise a minimum of $4,000 and Plunge at a minimum of two sites, including Indianapolis on March 4.

Not only will you earn bragging rights as one of Special Olympics Indiana’s top supporters, Super Plungers will also enjoy the VIP treatment at our Indy Plunge and receive the top fundraising prize — the baseball-themed Plunge jersey.

Compete for Additional Awards

Special awards are given at each plunge in the following categories:

  • Best costume
  • Most money raised by an individual
  • Most money raised by a team

Knights of Columbus District Challenge

  • District with most plungers overall
  • District with most funds raised overall.

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