This Polar Plunge, along with the other plunges, is a fundraising event that allows people in the Utah community to register and get friends, family, co-workers and businesses to sponsor them to jump into an ice-cold lake or swimming pool – usually in a costume of some sort.
Participants are welcome to register as individuals, as teams or as a “chicken,” (someone who raises money, but does not take the plunge.) After the initial registration fee of $10, participants can raise the remaining amount due, $40/adults and $30/students, or pay for it on their own. However, Special Olympics Utah encourages all participants to ask peers and associates for donations to help raise awareness about the impact of Special Olympics in the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Anyone at any age is welcome to participate in Special Olympics Utah’s Polar Plunges, as long as those under 18 have parental permission. Participants can invite friends and family to come watch them as they jump into the cold water.
Anyone can register online by following the links at www.sout.org or they can register on-site the day of the plunge for an extra $10. Everyone registered by Feb. 18th is guaranteed to receive a commemorative Polar Plunge t-shirt on the day of the event.
Every year, the law enforcement community of Utah raises funds for and awareness of the Special Olympics movement. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is an actual running event where officers and athletes carry the Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” To the Opening Ceremonies of local tournaments, or State, Provincial or National Summer or Winter Games. In addition to the main running event are several special fundraising events. One of the most popular and outrageous is the Polar Plunge.