2020 Santa Cruz Polar Plunge

Join us on March 21, 2020

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Saturday, March 21 @ Rio Del Mar Beach in Aptos 

Plunge for Special Olympics

Hop, skip, run or jump into chilly waters for our amazing Special Olympics athletes.  

Funds raised will help us continue to create change in our communities and enhance the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities through sports.  Join the fun and make a difference!  

What is the Polar Plunge

Well first of all, the Plunge is NOT a swim. The Plunge is a crazy fundraising event where people raise or pay a minimum of $125 for the opportunity to run into and out of chilly waters along with other brave souls with warm hearts.  Additional incentive rewards can be earned at $300, $500, $1,000 and $2,500 so the more you raise the more you can receive and the more our athletes benefit!  If you can't "bear" the thought of chilly water then just register as a chicken.  You’ll be excused from Plunging, but still enjoy all the festivities and incentive rewards that our Plungers receive.   Cool School participants must raise or pay a minimum of $50 but will not receive a Polar Plunge long-sleeve T-shirt unless they raise $125 or more.  

Polar Plunge T-shirts are distributed at the Plunge, any other incentives you earn will be mailed to you.  Watch for an email after the Plunge to claim your rewards!

Plunge Perks

Have a blast! All registered participants who raise or pay the minimum $125 are invited to the Pre-Splash Bash featuring breakfast food and other treats to provide some insulation before the icy Plunge.  Festivities will include awards for best costumes and top fundraisers, incentives and more.   

Costumes are strongly encouraged, that's half of the fun!  Dress to Impress!

Schedule of Events

10:00 a.m. - Registration opens and pre-Plunge games begin
10:30 a.m. - Breakfast service begins
11:30 a.m. - Costume judging & awards
Noon - Polar Plunge!

Questions?  Please contact [email protected].