The Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Indiana is returning to Versailles State Park. Brave the icy water and jump in, all while benefiting Special Olympics athletes in our community. If jumping into the lake is not for you, you can still support this cause by participating in the polar climb run walk or enjoy the festivities under the main tent. Join the fun on Saturday, February 20. Register online at www.soindiana-rod.org/polarplunge. You’ll be freezin’ for a reason!
SAT., FEB. 20, 2016
10–10:45am Polar Climb Registration
11am Polar Climb 5K Run/3K Walk
11:30am–1:30pm Polar Plunge Registration
1:30pm Costume Contest
2pm Polar Plunge
3pm Basket Raffle Winners Announced
4pm Polar Plunge/Sponsor Awards
THE MAIN EVENT
The Polar Plunge and After Splash Bash at Versailles State Park has become the official event of winter. The eighth annual Versailles Plunge is one in a series of twelve Plunge events held throughout the state during the month of February. All proceeds from the Versailles Plunge benefit Special Olympics athletes in our community, giving them the means to train locally and to compete at the state level in a number of Olympic-type of sports.
The Polar Plunge is the signature Special Olympics Indiana fundraiser. Since its inception, Hoosiers have raised more than $3.4 million making the Polar Plunge the largest fundraising event benefiting Special Olympics in the state.
Plunge participants, raising a minimum of $75 in pledges, take a quick dip in the ice cold lake at Versailles State Park – often dressing up in costume to make this “bucket list” activity as memorable as possible.
Participants must be at least 12 years old on the day of the Plunge. Participants under the age of 18 must have a signature from a parent or guardian – waiver can be downloaded at www.soindiana-rod.org/polarplunge.
This event is open to the public and all spectators are welcome free of charge. The Polar Plunge and After Splash Bash is a family friendly festival with music, food, basket raffle, displays and other vendors.
FORM A TEAM
Plunging with a team is even cooler! You don’t have to be an official organization to create a team. Just have your family and friends join you for the big splash. A team is any group of 10 to 20 members that wants to Plunge together, but only teams of 10 or more that have raised the minimum of $75 per team member will be eligible for team prizes.
POLAR PLUNGE PRIZES
- Raise a minimum $75 and receive the official Polar Plunge long-sleeved event t-shirt
- Raise $300 – $499 and receive the official Polar Plunge beach towel
- Raise $500 – $999 and receive embroidered Polar Plunge Backpack
- Raise $1,00 – $1,999 and receive Polar Plunge Hoodie or Duffel Bag
- Raise $2,000 – $2,999 and pick two of the above items
- Raise $3,000 + and pick three of the above items
POLAR CLIMB 5K RUN/3K WALK
The Polar Climb 5K Run & 3K Walk, part of the wacky winter festivities of the Freezin’ for a Reason Polar Plunge and After Splash Bash, is a race through the scenic hills and woods of Versailles State Park that will take you to a spectacular view of Versailles Lake, the official Plunge site. First, second and third place medallions will be awarded in both male and female age groups: 14 & Under, 15 to 24 Year Olds, 25 to 34 Year Olds, 35 to 44 Year Olds, 45 to 54 Year Olds, and 55 & Over.
THE CHILI SPLASH
Join us for dinner at the Versailles or Lawrenceburg Gold Star Chili on Thursday, February 18th from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Fill your belly and support Special Olympics Indiana athletes with 10% of your bill being donated to the Polar Plunge and After Splash Bash.
Get the “thrill” without the “chill”! Sign up today to be a part of the virtual plunger program. Participants are eligible for the Plunge incentive items starting at the $75 level to receive the souvenir t-shirt. www.soindiana-rod.org/polarplunge
SUPER PLUNGER CHALLENGE
Do you dare become one of Indiana’s Super Plungers? Only for the bravest souls and the warmest hearts, the Super Plunger programs dare participants to go beyond the call of duty. Raise a minimum of $4,000 in pledges and Plunge at the Versailles Plunge and the Indianapolis Plunge on March 5th.
COOL SCHOOL CHALLENGE
Be a part of the 8th annual Cool School Challenge – an event designed exclusively for school teams who want to brave the icy cold lake and support Special Olympics Indiana. It’s a great way to show just how cool your school really is.
A Cool School Team is 10 or more members that students, teachers, staff and/or coaches that Plunge together. Each team must raise the minimum of $75 per team member.
There will be a trophy awarded to the team that raises the most money in each division. Divisions are as follows:
Division 1: Middle Schools
Division 2: High Schools
Division 3: Private Schools
The coveted Cool School trophy, Tundra (a large stuffed Polar Bear that travels from school to school each year) will be awarded to the school that raises the most money overall. An Overall Top Teacher / Coach award will be given to the teacher or coach that shows outstanding fundraising and leadership of the Plunge team by raising the most money in all school divisions. And, an overall Star Student award will be given to the student who demonstrates an above and beyond effort in all aspects of fundraising and team support.
PUBLIC SAFETY CHALLENGE
Be a part of the 5th annual Public Safety Challenge – an event designed exclusively for police and fire departments and EMTS who want to brave the icy cold lake and support Special Olympics Indiana. Teams are 10 or more members of police officers, firemen, EMTS and their family and friends that Plunge together. Each team must raise the minimum of $75 per team member. A trophy will be awarded to the team that raises the most.
Plunging in a wacky costume is highly encouraged and rewarded. Only two rules: nothing over the face and remember it’s a family event. The contest will take place before the Plunge and will be judged by a panel of three judges, with the winner being announce at the end of the Plunge.