Special Olympics Colorado’s Polar Plunge Series skates into Denver

Annual fundraising series comes to Wash Park with in-person and virtual opportunities, plus first-ever Plunge Roulette ~

Denver – Feb. 17, 2021 – Special Olympics Colorado (SOCO), Colorado’s premier sports organization for individuals with  intellectual disabilities, is thrilled to host its annual Polar Plunge Series presented by Westerra Credit Union. Polar Plunge  is a cold-weather fundraiser aimed at raising $400,000 to provide critical funding for more than 15,000 Special Olympics  Colorado athletes. The next event in the series will take place at Washington Park, located at S. Downing St. and E.  Louisiana Ave. in Denver, on Sunday, March 7 from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

A Polar Plunge is a unique event where participants enter a body of cold water to raise money for SOCO. Entering its  thirteenth year in Colorado, Polar Plunge is one of SOCO’s most recognizable fundraisers and provides supporters an  easy way to raise funds, engage with athletes and have fun for a great cause. 

The 2021 Polar Plunge Series takes health and safety very seriously. As a result, the series is a mix of modified in-person  events and virtual, at-home offerings. In addition to the upcoming Denver Plunge Roulette + 5k Run, other in-person  plunge locations include: 

  • Windsor Plunge – March 27 – Windsor Lake 
  • Boulder Plunge + 5k Run- April 10 – Boulder Reservoir 
  • Aurora Plunge + 5k Run- April 17 – Aurora Reservoir 
  • Colorado Springs Plunge Roulette + 5k Run- April 24 – UC Health Park 

New in 2021, participants may also choose to “chill at home” by taking a video of their plunge activity and tagging  #VIRTUALPLUNGECO on Facebook or Instagram. Additionally, Denver and Colorado Springs Plunge participants can enjoy  the world’s first Polar Plunge Roulette. Teams spin a wheel and are doused by whatever the wheel lands on ice-cold water, a mystery beverage and more. 

“Polar Plunge represents the best of Special Olympics Colorado,” said Megan Scremin, Special Olympics Colorado  president and CEO. “With plunges from Trinidad to Windsor, this effort showcases how people from across Colorado can  come together to support our athletes when they need us most.”  

The fundraising minimum to plunge is $75 (students and SOCO athletes are $50), $45 to run or $120 to do both. To learn  more about the Denver Plunge Roulette + 5k and to register, visit specialolympicsco.org/event/denverplunge/

About Special Olympics Colorado: 

Special Olympics Colorado provides year-round sports training and competition for more than 18,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and unified partners. Through the support of an amazing community of coaches, volunteers, donors, sponsors and partners, Special Olympics Colorado is able to offer hundreds of annual engagements, free of charge, to individuals age 2 and up. Learn more online at SpecialOlympicsCO.org.

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