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Kendall County Polar Plunge Registration Now Open

Nov 19, 2015 07:50AM ● Published by Steven Jack

Online registration has opened for one of the coolest events of the winter – the 2016 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Illinois 

Individuals and teams can register for the Plunge on the Special Olympics Illinois website at www.plungeillinois.com or by contacting the Special Olympics Illinois staff listed below.

Kendall County's Polar Plunge will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at Loon Lake in Silver Springs State Park in Yorkville. For more information, call Allison Nichols at 815-220-8150.

It’s not every day that people are willing to “go jump in a lake” – particularly in the winter – let alone do so with thousands of other people, including members of the law enforcement community. But that’s exactly what will happen on various weekends in February and March as part of the annual Polar Plunge. 

The Polar Plunge is one of the premier fundraising events for the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics Illinois. In 2015, more than $2.25 million was raised by 7,666 Plungers statewide; in 17 years, $14.5 million has been raised by more than 54,000 Plungers. 

The event has grown from one location in 1999 to 21 locations across the state this year. The Polar Plunge season will kick off with a SUPER Plunge – where participants raise a minimum of $2,500 and plunge into Lake Michigan once an hour every hour for 24 hours – on Feb. 19 & 20 at the Clark Street Beach in Evanston.

Any adventurous soul is invited to join law enforcement officers, as well as media and business and civic leaders from their community by donning bathing suits, costumes or any clothing of choice (just no wet suits!) to jump in a lake. Each Plunger must collect a minimum of $100 in donations that will be used to support Special Olympics programs in Illinois.

Plungers are encouraged to form teams to spread the fun. Each team member must raise the minimum of $100 in donations and all team members’ individual fundraising totals will be merged to form a combined team total. Teams are placed into divisions based on size and are awarded prizes for the most money raised.

All Plungers will receive gifts, compete for prizes, and enjoy food and camaraderie with other chilly participants. For every $500 a Plunger raises, he/she will get an entry into the drawing for this grand prize.

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