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Denver Pool Plunge and 5K

March 5, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm


Thanks for taking the icy dip with us at the Polar Plunge, folks! It was an absolute splash-tacular event! Even though we’re all thawed out now, you can still help make a splash by making a post-plunge donation below. Can’t wait to dive back in with you all next year!

The Denver Polar Plunge and 5K is back at Wash Park! Plunge, run or do both in support of Special Olympics Colorado athletes!

Date: Sunday, March 5, 2023
8:00 AM – Registration and Plunge Plaza sponsored by Heuberger Subaru Opens

9:00 AM – Start time for 5K Run/Walk sponsored by Anytime Fitness
10:00 AM – Plunge starts and After Splash Bash sponsored by Smile Generation Opens at Campus Lounge
11:00 AM – Registration Closes
12:00 PM – Event concludes when last team plunges
Location: Wash Park, Denver
Enter from the cross streets of Franklin and Mississippi


Polar Plunge

– Parking – there is ample street parking and more information will be provided soon on a reserved parking lot nearby

– Event Day Check-In – everyone must check in at the Registration Tent at the cross streets of Franklin and Mississippi. Click here to view the event map!

– Check with your Team Captain for a place and time to meet at the event.

– No alcohol is allowed on the premises the premises and cannot be consumed before your Polar Plunge.

– NO SHOES in the pool! Please bring a beach towel and change of clothes as well.

– Absolutely NO DIVING.

– 5K Start Details: The shotgun start for the run is at 9:00 am. Runners may check in as early as 8:00 am.

– Polar Plunge Start Details: The plunge begins at 10:00 am. Plungers may arrive as early as 9:00 am to check-in. All plungers must be in line by 11:00 am. The Polar Plunge concludes after the last team plunges.

Polar Plunge

$80 fundraising minimum for all adults – or – $50 for students and Special Olympics Colorado athletes.

Plungers Receive

  • A long-sleeve Polar Plunge t-shirt
  • Access to Plunge Plaza where we’ll have vendors with giveaways, small bites and more
  • Access to the “After Splash Bash” with a complimentary drink ticket and small bites

5K Run/Walk

Early Bird fundraising minimum is $35 through February 1. Price increases to $40 February 2 – March 3. Event day fundraising minimum is $45 to run!

Runners Receive

  • An exclusive gift for runners only
  • Access to Plunge Plaza where we’ll have vendors with giveaways, small bites and more
  • Access to the “After Splash Bash” with a complimentary drink ticket and small bites
  • Please note: Plunge not included unless you register for the Plunge AND Run option.

How to Get Started

  • Grab some friends to create a team (2 people or more) and register.
  • Come up with a fun team t-shirt or costume (not required but really fun!)
  • Choose a Team Captain to lead the charge with fundraising reminders, event day logistics, etc.
  • Meet or exceed your fundraising goal by event day to reserve your plunge spot!
Don’t forget you can earn cool, new incentives as you reach fundraising milestones!
Stay tuned for additional information on incentives.

Please Read - Safety Measures

  • Masks and social distancing are optional per the CDC, state and county guidelines.
  • Thanks to Denver Fire Rescue for volunteering their technical rescue team and ensuring the safety of all plungers!


Are day of registrations accepted for the 5K?

Yes, absolutely! The day of registration fee is $45.

Are dogs/strollers allowed in the 5K?

Yes! For your safety, please line up towards the back of the line. Dogs must be friendly and on a leash at all times.

For the 5K, are there heats or a "shotgun" start?

We will have a “shotgun” start. Fast runners line up towards the front of the line!

How do I plunge into a pool?

Typically 3-4 Plungers at one time can plunge into the pool from the stage. Plungers will set their belongings on the table near the pool and get in line as a team. 3-4 plungers from one team per plunge. No diving or getting air before jumping as the pool is only 5 feet deep. After Plunging, exit using the ladders, grab your belongings and head to the changing tent. 

How do I fundraise to reach my minimum?

After you register, you’ll receive an automated email from Classy that says “Claim Your Fundraising Page”. Click on the link to claim and begin using your personal fundraising link. Share your personalized link emails with a personal note to family and friends on social media. The fundraising minimum for adults to plunge is $80 and $50 for Special Olympics Colorado athletes and students.

If I'm planning on plunging after the 5K, can I still do the 5K?

Yes absolutely! Make sure to let your Team Captain know that you are running in the 5K so that you both can decide on a time and location to meet before plunging.

Where do I change after my plunge?

We will have multiple changing tents that are heated. Some plunge locations have facilities such as heated restrooms that can be used too.

Where do I go to pick up my 5K bib?

Once you check in, we will provide you with your bib.

What do I wear to plunge?

We’ve seen plungers wear fun costumes, team t-shirts or bathing suits. NO DIVING SUITS! Shoes are not allowed in pool plunges as they can tear the pool.

What happens if I don't reach my fundraising minimum to plunge?

If you’re plunging with a team, check with your Team Captain for support. If you’re plunging individually, you do need to reach your minimum in order to participate.

What should I bring if I'm plunging?

A towel, change of clothes and dry shoes to wear for the rest of the day. Bring your ID if you are planning to use your complimentary beer or drink ticket at the After Splash Bash.

What time should I arrive for the 5K?

Aim to arrive and check in 30-45 minutes before the race starts.


March 5, 2023
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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