9 Reasons to Participate in the 2021 Polar Plunge Series

Plunge season is here!

The 2021 Polar Plunge presented by Westerra Credit Union is a great way to get involved and support more than 15,000 Special Olympics Colorado athletes across the state. Each year, the Polar Plunge challenges brave jumpers across the state to get freezin’ for a reason.

Not sure whether Plunging is for you? Here are 9 reasons why you should definitely participate!

1. Every dollar raised supports Special Olympics Colorado athletes

Did you know it costs $198 for one athlete to participate in three sports for one year? Special Olympics Colorado provides year-round training at no cost to our athletes or their families. These events allow us to continue to provide innovative sport, social engagements and healthy living opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, even during a global pandemic.

2. This year, there are more ways to Plunge

With both in-person and virtual options available, there’s no reason to not participate! Choose from one of our remaining Plunge locations, or get creative with the Virtual Plunge sponsored by Verizon.

3. Each in-person Plunge has been modified for safety

Hosting an in-person Polar Plunge Series is not a responsibility we take lightly. Our team has spent countless hours finalizing health & safety plans, coordinating with county health departments and MUCH more to ensure Polar Plunges are safe, fun and impactful. If you’d like to plunge and/or run but have questions about our safety modifications, please contact our Director of Events, Alexandra Vander Pol.

4. Participate in our first-ever Plunge Roulette

Didn’t get the change to try out Plunge Roulette at the Denver Plunge? You still have one more chance to take part in Colorado Springs! Spin the giant roulette wheel to see what your Plunge fate will be. Will you be doused with a giant buck of ice water, sprayed with foam, or soaked by a super soaker squad?

5. More run options

Run, Plunge or do both! We’ve added not one, but two more run locations. It’s never too late to start you New Year’s Resolutions with the Plunge 5K sponsored by Anytime Fitness at the Boulder, Aurora and Colorado Springs Polar Plunges.

6. Earn a special Plunge t-shirt (and a beanie for 5K runners)

All participants that meet the $75 minimum fundraising requirement will receive a 2021 Polar Plunge t-shirt. Those that are running the 5K and meet the $45 fundraising will also receive a Plunge beanie. Add them to your Plunge collection!

7. Earn exciting incentives

You can earn more than just a t-shirt and beanie. The more you fundraise, the more you get! Here are some of the awesome incentives available:

Raise $500 ➡ Plunge towel⁠

Raise $1,000 ➡️ Plunge hoodie⁠

Raise $2,500 ➡️ Plunge jacket⁠

Raise $5,000 ➡️ ALL THE ABOVE!⁠

8. Did someone say hot cocoa?

Warm up with a nice cup of hot coca at the Westerra Warming Hut or check out one of the many vendors that will be at each Plunge!

9. Chance to win a trophy

Bragging rights, anyone? We always give our trophies to our highest fundraisers, as well as to our most spirited team! Come dressed in your best and most creative costume to Plunge in and you could be our top contender.

Whether you decide to Plunge in person or virtually, the choice is yours. Remember, it’s not important how you plunge, it’s important that you plunge. To register for a Plunge location near you, visit

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