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2018 Louisville Polar Plunge

Saturday, February 24, 2018
Brown-Forman Amphitheater in Waterfront Park

The Polar Plunge is one of the biggest Special Olympics fundraisers of the year. The Plunge is a truly unique event and includes a fun, festive atmosphere with food and great prizes. The Plunge works just like a Walk-a-Thon, but with one big twist. Participants still solicit donations to support their effort (a BEAR minimum of $75 to take part or $50 for Junior Plungers), but instead of walking, Polar Bears take a chilly dip into the Ohio River off the docks at Waterfront Park by the Big Four Bridge or into a pool set up in the Brown-Forman Amphitheater in Waterfront Park.

Flooding, Weather Concerns Force Plunge to Transform Into "No Splash Bash"
This rain, rain won’t go away, so, we’re moving your Soggy Saturday plans to HopCat on Bardstown Road for the first ever Louisville Polar Plunge “No Splash Bash!”

We know you’ve worked hard to raise money to support Special Olympics and we want to celebrate your success! We will still hold the costume contest and award prizes for top fundraisers and top fundraising teams.

We are as disappointed as you are that the weather hasn’t cooperated this year. In our now 20 years of the Polar Plunge in Louisville, this is the first time that we have had to cancel the event. Due not only to water levels around the Ohio River, but also continuing severe weather concerns throughout the weekend, we have no choice but to make this decision.

Here’s the schedule for tomorrow:
(1064 Bardstown Road, 40204 Street Parking available)
10:30AM-Noon - Registration
11:30 AM - Opening Ceremonies & Costume Contest
12:00 PM - Frozen Toes Tub
For those of you who must be Brave or Bonkers, you can test the ice waters of our baby Polar Bear pool! (changing tents are not available at HopCat)
12:30 PM - Awards Presentation

Again, we regret that the weather has kept us from holding the Plunge in the way that we are used to, but we hope you can still join us for a celebration of your hard work on behalf of Special Olympics Kentucky athletes!

Please contact Kayleah at 502-326-5002 or if you have any questions.


NEW IN 2018!
This year, we are giving you an extra hour of sleep and starting the plunge later than usual! The first plunge will begin at 11:45. Also, we know how cold it can be, so why take our time?! We will have our first SPEED PLUNGE this year, as we attempt to get everyone in and out of the water in ONE HOUR. That’s right, no more standing in the freezing cold lines. Let’s get in, get out and get on to HopCat for the Post Plunge party!

For more information about the 2018 Polar Plunge, contact Jennifer McMahon at 502-326-5002 or

Getting Started is easy...
1. Click the "Register Here" button above, then select Form a Team, Join a Team or Join as an Individual - and follow the step-by-step instructions.

2. Next, using the My HQ page, send your friends and family e-mails to let them know you're jumping for the athletes of Special Olympics Kentucky! They can join your team, if you created one, or send you an on-line donation.

3. Sign in and pick up your prizes and Plunge wristband (you MUST have your wristband to Plunge) at either Early Check-In at the Special Olympics Kentucky Louisville office on February 22 or at the Registration tables on the day of the Plunge.
NOTE: Even if you sign up on-line, you still MUST check in one of these two days.

4. Then join us Saturday, February 24, and Take the Plunge!

5. Each time you return to this Web site, Log In to your My HQ Page and check your progress!

Event Schedule
Thursday, February 22
Early Check-In

Special Olympics Kentucky Louisville Office
1230 Liberty Bank Ln., Suite 140
1-7 pm
Skip the lines on Saturday morning! If you have all your funds raised, we will finish your registration process early!

Saturday, February 24

Brown-Forman Amphitheater in Waterfront Park
10:00 am-Noon - On-Site Check-In
11:00 am - Opening Ceremonies
11:15 am – Costume Contest
Polar Plunge Costume Contest Information!
Prize Categories
- Best Individual
- Best Team Costume
- Judges’ decisions are final
- All costumes must be appropriate for a family friendly setting
- No risqué, vulgar or suggestive costumes
- Masks may be worn for the contest, but not while plunging

11:45 am – First Plunge! (River and Pool Plungers will take turns plunging)
12:00 pm - All plungers must be on-site and registered
12:30 pm - Last Plunge!
1:00-6:00 pm - Post-Plunge Party at HopCat!
This year, we're taking the Post-Plunge Party to HopCat! Warm up with some drinks and good company, while reminiscing on the day! Wear your 2018 Polar Plunge shirt and receive food and drink specials.

facebook icon For the most up to date Plunge information and a look at the life of Glacier the official Polar Plunge Spokesbear, Like the Official Kentucky Polar Plunge Facebook Page.

Glacier Don't know a Polar Bear to support? Why not support the Official Polar Plunge spokesbear? Visit Glacier the Bear's personal Plunge page and make a donation today. Your contribution will go directly to support Special Olympics athletes!
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