Polar Plunge season is coming to a wrap in Missouri but we have one more opportunity for you to support SOMO. Many of our events had to cancel their parties and silent auctions so we have put together a Post Plunge Online Auction where you can bid on things like weekend getaway, restaurant gift cards or some fun crafts.

Link: https://www.32auctions.com/2021PolarPlunge 

Bidding ends at 8 p.m. on March 26.

 

Location: Creve Coeur Lake in Maryland Heights
Date: February 27, 2021
First Wave of Jurassic Plungers Arrive at: 11 a.m.

THANK YOU!

The Maryland Heights Polar Plunge was a success because of YOU!!  The air temp was 60 and the water temp was 33 for 188 in-person Jurassic Plungers. Together with our virtual plungers and those too chicken to plunge, more than $78,000 was raised to support Special Olympics Missouri athletes. 

We are pleased to announce our AWARD WINNERS!:

  • Fundraising Awards
    • LETR
      • Hazelwood PD: $11,900
      • Manchester PD: $6,365
      • Town & Country PD: $5,850
    • Individual
      • Jim Walkenhorst:$2,470
      • Katie Exline: $2,115
      • Dan Ellerbusch: $1,585
    • Community
      • Warren County Handicapped Services: $7,981 
      • Wait, I thought this was a 5K: $5,030
      • St. Louis Falcons: $4,865
    • Schools
      • Lindbergh High: $2,430
      • St. Ferdinand: $2,036
      • Senn-Thomas Middle: $1,075
  • Golden Plunger Costume Awards
    • LETR
      • Hazelwood PD
      • Town & Country PD
      • Manchester PD
    • Community
      • Warren County Handicapped Services
      • Roaring Raptors
      • Dental Anesthesia Center
    • Schools
      • Fox High
      • Windsor High
      • Senn-Thomas Middle

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This "unbearable" Jurassic event is a unique opportunity to show your bravery as you support local Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) athletes by walking, running or crawling into the frigid winter waters. In 2020, the Maryland Heights Polar Plunge had 371 plungers and raised more than $88,000! This one-of-a-kind event promises a fun atmosphere complete with music, funny costumes, and lasting memories for everyone!

Proceeds benefit individuals with intellectual disabilities as they access a year-round program of sports training and competition, health and wellness opportunities, and life skills classes. Through these critical programs, SOMO athletes realize improved health, confidence and social connections that impact their lives on and off the playing field. We invite you to get involved! Become a coach, volunteer, recruit a future athlete and learn how you can make a difference by visiting www.SOMO.org.

New to the Maryland Heights Plunge in 2021


Go Virtual with your plunge! 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!

We are doing the WAVE this year! This change to our in-person event will ensure the safety of everyone attending. Start times for plungers are staggered. We call this a Jurassic Wave. Each Jurassic Wave will have a maximum of 50 people so that we can ensure social distancing throughout the event. Prior to the day of the Polar Plunge®, SOMO will give Plungers a 30 to 45-minute timeframe for their plunge. Within that timeframe or Jurassic Wave, plungers will register, participate in the costume contest, plunge, change clothes and exit the changing area to leave the event. There is no need to arrive early becuase you will have plenty of time within your Wave!

Registration
Pre-registration is on Friday, February 26 between 4 and 7 pm at Sybergs Restaurant. The address is: 2430 Old Dorsett Rd, Maryland Heights, MO 63043. On Plunge day, you will still have to go through the registration tent to pick-up your plunge wristband. 

February 27, 2021 is Jurassic Plunge Day!  It is also National Polar Bear Day!  Plungers and guests should park at Sportport, located at 12525 Sport Port Rd. You will travel from there by bus to the event. Once at the event, head to Jurassic Plunge HQ tent to get registered, pick up your official plunge shirt, turn in any extra money and get your team ready to plunge.

Incentives
Start working now to earn Jurassic Plunge prizes. They are available to ALL Plungers – in-person, and virtual. For in-person plungers, prizes are awarded at the event based on your fundraising total at that time. Virtual plungers can pick up their items at our pre-registration on Friday, February 26 between 4 and 7 pm at Sybergs Restaurant (2430 Old Dorsett Rd, Maryland Heights, MO 63043), have a member of their team pick up their items or contact the Special Olympics Misosuri office at 314-961-7755 to coordinate. All plungers must raise a minimum of $75 to plunge and receive a commemorative Plunge shirt.

Event Guidelines

To ensure the safety of everyone, we have established the following guidelines:

  • Plungers must be at least 10 years old
  • All plungers must raise a minimum of $75 by event day to participate
  • No diving is allowed.
  • Everyone is required to wear masks and maintain social distance
  • Costumes? Of course, you can wear costumes! Plan to arrive in costume because there is limited space for changing. We look forward to seeing your Jurassic costumes!
  • This is a family friendly event. Special Olympics Missouri promotes inclusion as a way of life for our athletes and everyone at our events. We reserve the right to ask anyone to alter/remove their costume if found offensive or harmful to those in attendance.
  • Registration and changing areas will have social distancing spacing/markers so everyone is spaced during times they spend in these areas
  • Teams are limited to no more than two additional people to take photos/videos. They can Facebook Live your team plunging so others can watch from home.
  • Additional guests must register at registration with the team.

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.

Due to COVID restrictions, there will not be a spectator area this year. Teams will only be allowed to bring one/two additional people to be the team photographer/videographer. They can Facebook Live your team plunging so others can watch from home. Thank you for helping us keep everyone 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.