The Special Olympics’ Polar Plunge Comes Back to VA Beach
This time last year, my 12-year-old nephew was preparing to take a dip in the icy Atlantic. His school was participating in an area event known as the Polar Plunge. I told him he was crazy! Why would his school take a bunch of middle schoolers down to the ocean to freeze their buns off? But as it turns out, the Polar Plunge has a very good reason. This event is a yearly fundraiser for Virginia’s Special Olympics. And every year, crazy folk risk the brisk water to raise money for this amazing organization. This year’s Polar Plunge is this weekend! This event is wacky and a completely cool way to bring awareness and support to a worthy cause. The Polar Plunge Festival has expanded to be more than just running into cold water, it’s a day of fun events, costumes and of course, the dip!
The goal of this year’s Polar Plunge is to raise one million dollars toward Virginia’s Special Olympics. A lofty and inspiring goal, especially when you think of the good this organization does. Founded in 1968, the Special Olympics focuses on giving amazing opportunities to those with intellectual disabilities. Originally the Special Olympics allowed those with intellectual disabilities to participate in Olympic style sporting competitions. But seeing how encouraging and empowering these opportunities were, the Special Olympics now provides year-round programs. These include sports training, physical fitness development and programs that educate others about injustice, intolerance and isolation that those with intellectual disabilities so often face.
Cool School Challenge
Like my nephew, there are many kids who want to conquer the cold for this special cause. On Friday, February 5, schools from across Coastal Virginia will come down to take the plunge. Groups of over 25 will receive a free t-shirt. What a great way for kids to raise awareness and have an unforgettable experience!
Polar 4 Miler
The real festivities begin on Saturday, February 6! Beginning with a chilly four mile run at 8 a.m. Registration is only $50. A great start to a great day, and at the end of the race a nippy splash pool!
1 Mile Dash & Splash
Can’t quite handle the four miles? That’s okay! Young and old alike can participate in this shorter run. And you’ll still get to jump into the cold cold splash pool at the end, if you choose.
Boogie Down the Boardwalk Costume Parade
Sign up for the costume contest, and show off your flair as you chasse down the boardwalk. Prizes for the best and wackiest will be awarded later that day!
Whether you do the Polar 4 Miler, the 1 Mile Dash & Splash or just the big dip itself, there are lots of great incentives depending how much money you raise for the Special Olympics. From cool shades, hotel voucher or Busch Gardens tickets, it pays to raise more! Click here to see the great incentives.
Get on your suit and your scarf and dive in! This year’s plunge has a new location, Neptune’s Park by the huge statue. In this new spot, way more people can participate, raising fun and funds for the Special Olympics.