Plunge FAQ’s


Event Questions

What’s the Polar Plunge?
The Polar Plunge Series is the signature fundraising series of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics around the world. In Colorado we’re lucky to have eight Plunge locations to choose from!
The 2019 Polar Plunge Series is presented by Westerra Credit Union and is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to show their support for Special Olympics athletes by jumping into frigid Colorado waters.
Where can I change before and after the plunge?
We provide separate heated changing tents or restrooms for men and women. Volunteers will be at the entrance to monitor the area, but please note that neither the event committee nor Special Olympics Colorado are responsible for personal belongings left inside the tent that are lost or stolen during the course of the event. Leave items at your own risk.
There will also be a table near the entrance to the plunge site to leave items before you plunge.
How old do you have to be to Plunge?
Those under 18 are required to have a parent or guardian present at the event and must sign a waiver at the event.
Is alcohol or marijuana allowed at the Plunges?
Alcohol and marijuana consumption and abuse are prohibited prior to Plunging. SOCO asks that spectators please refrain from using any
alcohol, tobacco or drugs while in attendance. SOCO reserves the right to ask those in violation to leave. If you are intoxicated in any way, law enforcement will not allow you to Plunge.
Some plunges include an after-party, during which alcoholic beverages will be available.
What is your event cancellation policy?
We reserve the right to cancel an event due to inclement weather. The safety of participants and spectators is always most important to us, and we work with local law enforcement to be sure conditions are safe for participants.
Thankfully, with the help of these great partners, we have yet to cancel in all our years of the event (Fingers crossed!). If you cannot attend the event or the event is cancelled there will be no refunds.
If an event were to be cancelled, we would still offer an incentive pick up option to participants, or allow participants to transfer to a different event.
How long does check-in take?
We have streamlined our check-in process, but can never predict when crowds will be heaviest. If available, we recommend attending a pre-registration event to make the entire process easier for you.
If not, we encourage you to arrive early to check-in on the day of the event, bring the signed waiver that will be emailed to you in advance of the event, and enjoy the Plunge atmosphere.
I have a group of people that want to Plunge together. Can we form a team?
Yes! Forming a team is a great way to motivate one another to raise more money for Special Olympics Colorado. When registering, select the “Create a Team” option.
At the actual plunge, your group will take a team photo before plunging. From there, depending on the plunge site, you will be able to plunge in groups of 5 to 10 at a time.
Will my Plunge team be able to jump in together?
Depending on the size of the plunge area, teams may jump in together. Depending on the size of teams, they may be split into groups and jump in succession.
If you’d like to jump with others not on your team, make sure they stand in line with you.
Will there be medics on-site?
Trained Dive Team and EMTs are at the Plunge site for anyone needing assistance.

What to Bring?

What should I bring to the Plunge?
  • A towel to dry off and warm up with
  • Old shoes, aquatic shoes, etc. All Plungers must wear shoes to Plunge (Except for pool plunges, where shoes are not allowed in the pool). Please wear a pair of shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. Don’t forget to bring a pair of dry shoes to wear afterwards!
  • A duffel bag, backpack, garbage bag, etc. It’s a good idea to bring a bag for dry clothes and your Plunge incentive as well as a plastic bag for your wet clothes after you’ve Plunged.
  • Dry replacement clothes. After you’re done Plunging, it’s nice to have some warm and dry clothes for the journey home.
  • Another Plunger. Recruit a friend, family member, co-worker or acquaintance and get them to take the Plunge with you. It’s always more fun with friends!
Safety Tips
  • All Plungers must wear shoes unless it is a pool plunge. Secured footwear is preferred—no flip flops!
  • Do NOT dive or flip into the water. This is a safety precaution for all Plungers that is strictly enforced by the Dive Team.
  • We advise you not to Plunge after drinking alcohol. Intoxicated people will not be permitted to Plunge.
  • Wear a costume that’s appropriate and non-discriminatory. Anyone wearing an offensive costume won’t be allowed to Plunge.
  • Leave valuables at home or with a spectator. Special Olympics Colorado is not responsible for items that are lost or stolen.
  • Try not to run out of the water after your Plunge. Keep in mind that everything is wet and slippery. Be careful as you make your way to the changing tents.

Fundraising Questions

What is the minimum amount that I need to raise to participate in the event?
All Plungers must raise a minimum of $75. If Plunging as a team, the team must raise at least $75 per person.
Students and SOCO athletes are required to raise $50 per person.
What incentives are available to participants who raise more than the minimum $75?
Incentives are distributed at the following levels and are based on individual fundraising totals:

    • $75 — Long-sleeved shirt
    • $250 — Long-sleeved shirt and TBD
    • $500 — Long-sleeved shirt and Hooded Sweatshirt
What is your refund policy?
Charitable contributions are non-refundable, and the minimum Plunge fundraising requirement is considered a charitable contribution and is therefore also non-refundable.
Who should checks be written out to?
Checks can be written out to “Alexandra Vander Pol” with the plunger’s name written in the memo of the check and mailed to:
Special Olympics Colorado
Attn: Alexandra Vander Pol
12450 E. Arapahoe Rd.  Suite C
Centennial, CO 80112
How can I make a donation without submitting my credit card online?
You can make a donation by calling us at 720-359-3101. You can also bring a check (written out to “Special Olympics Colorado” or “SOCO”) or cash donation to the event. You can also mail in your donation to the address below. Be sure to include the plunger’s name and donor name so we know who to give credit to.
Special Olympics Colorado
Attn: Polar Plunge / participant’s name
12450 E. Arapahoe Rd.  Suite C
Centennial, CO 80112
Are donations tax deductible?
Yes! Our tax ID/EIN number is 84-0713739.
My company offers matching gifts. How does that work towards my total?
Matching gifts are a great way to raise additional funds for your Plunge. As long as we receive the matching gift BEFORE the Plunge, we will give you credit for the donation and add it to your fundraising total.
All you need to do is complete a request with your employer. They will have us verify your donation and will send us the matching funds if we qualify under their giving qualifications. Please email Alexandra Vander Pol at when you have submitted a request for a matching gift with your employer.
Will my supporters automatically receive a receipt, or do I need to request them?
SOCO will mail a receipt for all check or cash donors for whom we have complete and accurate contact information (name, mailing address).
All donations that are made online via credit card automatically receive a donation receipt via email for any amount.
I can’t collect all my donations before the Plunge. What do I do?
As long as you have the minimum $75 by the time of the Plunge, you’ll be able to participate, and the remaining funds can be turned in later. If you receive donations after the Plunge, you can mail them to the address below. Please include your name and Plunge location.
Special Olympics Colorado
Attn: Polar Plunge / Plunger Name
12450 E. Arapahoe Rd. Suite C
Centennial, CO 80112
Can we fundraise as a team?
Each plunger is asked to raise $75 individually. If you need to raise funds as a team please let us know by emailing