Join more than 3,200 people as they “seize the freeze” in the icy Atlantic at Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Polar Plunge® Winter Festival is Special Olympics Virginia’s largest fundraiser. Attracting more than 10,000 people to the winter beachfront, it helps create life-changing opportunities for Special Olympics athletes.
Polar Plunge events and activities take place over the weekend of February 3-4, 2012. The plunge into the icy Atlantic Ocean takes place at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 4.
The Polar Plunge is open to all ages. Individuals, teams, Special Olympics athletes and community members can experience this bone-chilling and heart-warming experience. Those 18 and under must have a parent or guardian signature.
Plungers must raise $100.00 in pledges to participate and will receive the official Polar Plunge® Winter Festival long sleeve t-shirt. The more money raised, the more chances of more cool prizes, such as Plunge gear or a one-night hotel voucher for the weekend of the event. Plunge special events include a Friday night Plunge Party, featuring local band Butter, and a 20th Anniversary Saturday Night Beach Bash.
Register online at firstgiving.com or visit the Plunge sign-up page for more details. Plungers can create their own web page for friends and family to visit and donate online at FirstGiving.
Pee Wee Plunge
Kids 10 and under can participate by plunging into a 10” deep kiddie pool with ice cubes and rubber ducks. The Pee Wee Plunge takes place Feb. 4 at 11:30 a.m. in the Main Tent.
Pee Wee plungers should raise at least $50.00 in pledges and are encouraged to dress in costumes. Plungers will take home a Plunge towel, a Pee Wee Plunge certificate and a Plunger goody bag. A special prize will go to the Pee Wee plunger that raises the most money for Special Olympics Virginia. To register, please visit the Pee Wee Plunge page.
For more information on Polar Plunge 2012, please contact Debbie Apperson by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (757) 962-1575.
Polar Plunge 5K
If freezing isn’t your thing but you would still like to participate in some way, you can keep your cold feet on the ground. Runners will be hitting the boardwalk for a 5K run on Saturday morning. The Polar Plunge 5K begins on the boardwalk at 8th street at 8:30 a.m. All ages are welcome and you don’t have to plunge to participate.
The registration fee for the 5K is $35.00 per runner through Jan. 15. After Jan. 15, it is $40.00 per runner. All runners will receive a long sleeve 5K technical shirt, goody bag and entrance into the Polar Plunge Festival and the Saturday night Beach Bash.
Runners can pick up their race packets Jan. 31 – Feb. 3 from 2-7 p.m. at the Ramada at 6th and Atlantic, or Feb. 4 from 7-8 a.m. at the Ramada (please enter from the boardwalk).
Please click here to register for the 5Konline. Runners can also win fundraising incentives. An online fundraising page can be set up through FirstGiving.
Come on Down
You don’t have to plunge or run to enjoy the fun and festivities of the Polar Plunge weekend. The Polar Plunge® Winter Festival is open to the public. Events include the Boogie Down the Boardwalk Costume Parade and contest, musical entertainment and a giant sand sculpture, as well as children’s activities, vendor displays and giveaways.
There is no fee to view the Plunge but a $5.00 donation is required for entry into the heated tent and festival area on the beach.
Special Olympics Virginia
In the past 19 years, more than 30,000 plungers have raised more than $6.5 million dollars for Special Olympics Virginia. These funds help provide year-round training and athletic competition to more than 10,000 Special Olympics athletes of all ages. Participating in Special Olympics activities and events helps children and adults with intellectual disabilities improve motor skills and physical fitness and develop self-confidence and a positive self-image.
Please visit the Special Olympics Virginia web page for more information on their programs and community events.
2012 Polar Plunge Schedule
Friday, February 3, 2012
- 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cool School Challenge – Cool School Plunge takes place at noon
- Noon to 7 p.m. Early Plunge Registration/Check-in & 5K Registration/Packet pick up at the Ramada
- 6-10 p.m. Friday Night Plunge Party featuring local band Butter (under Main Tent, at the end of 7th Street on the beach)
Saturday, Feb. 4
- 7 a.m. 5K Registration and Packet pick up, Ramada
- 8:30 a.m. 5K run along the Boardwalk
- 10 a.m. Winter Festival Begins/Registration for Costume Contests (under Main Tent); Shuttle bus begins pick up at 19th Street lot
- 10:30 a.m. Sand sculpting tips & tricks, behind the main sand sculpture near the Main Tent
- 11 a.m. Opening Ceremony in the Main Tent
- 11:15 a.m. Sand sculpting tips & tricks, behind the main sand sculpture near the Main Tent
- 11:30 p.m.– Pee Wee Plunge in the Kids Zone for children 10 and under. Sand sculpting tips & tricks behind the main sand sculpture, near the Main Tent.
- Noon – Boogie Down the Boardwalk Costume Parade (meet at 6th Street)
- 1:00 p.m.– End of registration for Costume Contests
- 1:15 p.m. Costume Contests (under Main Tent); Sand sculpting tips & tricks, behind the main sand sculpture near the Main Tent
- 2:00 p.m.– Plunge check presentation (under Main Tent) – Come see how much has been raised.
- 2:15 p.m. “How to Survive the Plunge” safety briefing (in the Plunger-only area)
- 2:30 p.m. The Plunge!
- 5-9 p.m. 20th Anniversary Saturday Night Beach Bash – under the Main Tent at the end of 7th Street on the beach
Carpe Freezum at the Polar Plunge!
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