Farewell to the 2024 Polar Plunge: A Recap

Farewell to the 2024 Polar Plunge: A Recap

As the winter chill begins to thaw and spring flowers bloom, we bid farewell to yet another exhilarating Polar Plunge Series*. With 8 locations to choose from, we got freezin’ for a reason all across the state! 

Lisa Hidalgo from Denver 7 News Emceeing at the Denver Polar Plunge 2024

This year, our icy adventure saw an incredible turnout, raising more than $705,000 with more than 3,000 daring souls taking the plunge and 1,313 participants conquering the 5K course. 

Pikes Peak Wolves Plunging in Colorado Springs 2024
DPD Academy Running Anytime Fitness' Plunge 5K in Denver 2024

But that’s not all – in an exciting twist, participants could now register their beloved furry companions as “Polar Pups” to join them for the 5K. A total of 75 Polar Pups joined in on the fun. Among them, Ru from the Castle Rock Police Department emerged as the top dog in fundraising, raising an impressive $3,477. Not far behind was Mikey Flynn from the Lone Tree Police Department, who raised $2,132. These canine companions truly proved that they’re more than just furry friends – they’re dedicated philanthropists too!

Ru from the Castle Rock Police Department, the top Polar Pup in fundraising
Mikey Flynn from the Lone Tree Police Department

Adding to the excitement were some familiar faces from the world of sports. Kyle Freeland of the Colorado Rockies and Alex Singleton of the Denver Broncos lent their star power to the event, plunging into the icy depths with enthusiasm and spirit. Their presence added an extra dose of excitement to an already electrifying day. “My first ever on site polar plunge with the wifey [Ashley] was a freezing success,” Kyle wrote on Instagram. “I am so proud of Ashley for helping raise money for Special Olympics Colorado, an organization that we deeply care about and hold near and dear to us.”

Kyle & Ashley Freeland Polar Plunge Aurora 2024
Alex Singleton from the Denver Broncos plunging at Denver's Polar Plunge 2024

As we say goodbye to another successful Polar Plunge season, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every participant, volunteer, and supporter who made this event possible. Your unwavering dedication and enthusiasm are what make this event so special year after year. Thank you for braving the cold, for making a splash, and for making a difference in the lives of more than 23,000 Special Olympics Colorado athletes. 

Special thank you to our Title Sponsor, Westerra Credit Union, Presenting Sponsor, Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply, Plunge Plaza Sponsor, Heuberger Subaru and 5K Sponsor, Anytime Fitness. We are so grateful for your support and couldn’t have done the Polar Plunge Series without you! And thank you to our friends at Denver7 for emceeing the Plunges!  

*But there is one more Plunge… If you’re on the Western Slope, join us on Saturday, October 26 for the Avon Spooktacular Plunge! 



Saturday, October 26, 2024

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