This "unbearable" event is a unique opportunity to show your bravery as you support local Special Olympics athletes by walking, running or crawling into the frigid winter waters. In 2020, the Kirksville Plunge had 83 plungers and raised more than $22,000! This one-of-a-kind event promises a fun atmosphere complete with music, funny costumes, and lasting memories for everyone!
If you aren't comfortable participating in-person, we understand. You can still support local Special Olympics Missouri athletes through our Virtual Plunge. Register as a Virtual Plunger, raise your money and plunge from home by 'plunging' into a kiddie pool, taking an ice cold shower, running through a sprinkler, or creating your own “plunge”. Whatever you do, have fun, be safe and share a video of your Virtual Plunge!
Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Missouri’s year-round program of sports training and competition, health and wellness opportunities, and life skills classes for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. SOMO exists to provide year-round sports and training opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and our athletes need you to get involved. Become a coach, volunteer, recruit a future athlete and learn how you can make a difference!
Location: Forest Lake Swimming Beach -- Thousand Hills State Park
Date: Feb. 6, 2021
Registration opens: 11 a.m.
Plunge begins: 1 p.m.
Contact Melody at Prawitz@somo.org with questions.
COVID Precautions: Everyone will be required to social distance and wear face masks while onsite for this event. Plungers will be allowed to remove their masks prior to entering the water but will be required to put it back on when entering the changing tents. While moving through the park, please watch for markers to help keep distance between you and the next group and make sure you spread out in changing tents.
We appreciate that this is a fun event to bring your family and friends to watch you take the big plunge but this year due to COVID, we ask that each team only bring one/two additional people to be the team photographer/videographer. They can also Facebook Live your team plunging so others can watch from home. Thank you for helping us keep our event safe!
If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, exposed to COVID-19 in the ten days prior to the Polar Plunge or are experiencing fever, cough, loss of taste/smell or shortness of breath, you should stay at home. When you are feeling better, we hope you will participate from home through the virtual plunge.
Please note: If the in person event would need to be cancelled, we would switch the event to virtual and there will be no refunds.