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Windsor Polar Plunge and 5K

April 15, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 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!

Date: Saturday, April 15, 2023

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM – 5K Day of Registration

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM – 5K Registration

10:00 AM – Plunge Registration and Plunge Plaza sponsored by Heuberger Subaru opens!

10:15 AM – 5K Run/Walk sponsored by Anytime Fitness

10:15 AM – Walkers Start

10:30 AM – Runners Start

11:30 AM – Plunge Begins

12:30 PM –  Plunge Ends (dependent on # of Teams)

Location: Boardwalk Park/Windsor Lake Beach
100 N. 5th Street
Windsor, CO 80550

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM – After Splash Bash sponsored by Smile Generation  – Peculiar Ales, 301 Main Street, Windsor

Polar Plunge

$80 fundraising minimum per adult on a team and $50 per student or Special Olympics Colorado athlete on a team. Plunge registration closes Friday, April 14 at 5:00 PM.

Plungers Receive

  • A long-sleeve Polar Plunge t-shirt
  • Access to vendors providing free food and swag

5K Run/Walk

Price is $40 March 16 – April 14, 2023. 5K registration closes Friday, April 14 at 5:00 PM. Event day fundraising minimum is $45 to run!

Runners Receive

  • A pair of mittens
  • Access to vendors providing free food and swag
  • 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!

Please Read - Safety Measures

  • County and local COVID regulations will be followed if in place the week of the plunge.


Are day of registrations accepted for the 5K?

Yes, from 9:00 – 9:30 AM. Registration closes promptly at 9:30 AM for anyone not in the registration line. The day of 5K fee is $40.00   If students or SOCO athletes are plunging, the 5K fee is $20.

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 an open body of water?

You MUST Wear Shoes to Plunge. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!
You will walk or run from the water entrance into the water with your team. NO DIVING! 

Our friends from the Fire Dept Rescue team establish the perimeter and the depth for the Plunge (usually chest or shoulder deep). They determine if ground in the water is even and if there are no drop-offs in water level.  

Plunge teams (usually 6-9 at a time) will set their belongings down near the water entrance. After you Plunge, gather your items, and head to the heated changing tents.

How do I fundraise to reach my minimum?

After you register for the plunge, you will 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 and on your social media pages. 


You MUST fundraise or pay the minimum plunge fee: Adult/$80 SOCO Athletes/Students- $50. If paying, make your payment online at your fundraising page prior to 12:00 PM (Friday, April 14). After 12:00 PM, you can pay the day of the plunge. 

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 heated changing tents.

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?

You MUST wear shoes to Plunge. Plungers often wear fun costumes, team t-shirts or bathing suits. NO DIVING SUITS, NO WET SUITS! 

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

You MUST fundraise, receive donations or pay the minimum plunge fee as stated above. EACH team member also MUST reach the minimum fee to plunge either through fundraising, donations, or personal payment.

What should I bring if I'm plunging?

Please bring a towel, change of clothes, dry shoes, and a bag for wet clothes. 

What time should I arrive for the 5K?

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


April 15, 2023
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Special Olympics Colorado
(720) 359-3100
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Boardwalk Park/Windsor Lake
100 N 5th St
Windsor, CO 80550 United States
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