Special Olympics Illinois Polar Plunge

The scene at the 2014 Polar Plunge at Carlyle Lake
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Be a fan of brrr-avery! Support the Special Olympics athletes of Illinois by jumping into the waters of Carlyle Lake on Saturday, February 24 for the 2018 Carlyle Polar Plunge. The funds raised from the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge® will benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois. Check-in for the plunge begins at 10:00 a.m. located at 801 Lake Road, Carlyle, IL.

This is the 19th year of the LETR Polar Plunge. In 19 years, more than $18.4 million has been raised by more than 66,000 plungers. GEICO is proud to be the Statewide Presenting Polar Plunge Sponsor.

All Polar Plungers are required to collect a minimum of $100 in donations. People are encouraged to come in costume and to form teams. A team must consist of a minimum of five plungers. Each team member must also raise the minimum of $100 in donations; all team members’ individual fundraising totals will be merged to form a combined team total. Statewide, teams are placed into divisions based on size and are awarded prizes for the most money raised.

All plungers will receive a Polar Plunge hooded sweatshirt in cardinal red.

Donut Dash: The Polar Donut Dash 5K will be held in conjunction with the Carlyle Polar Plunge. This is the only 5K around that not only tests your speed but your ability to eat donuts. Participants will be treated to multiple donut stops along the route and will receive a minute deduction from their overall time for each donut they consume along the course. Awards will be given to the top three individuals in each age category.

Alex Huegen is the 2018 Polar Plunge Ambassador for the Carlyle Polar Plunge. Alex is a competitor, global messenger, and committee member for Special Olympics Illinois. He competes in a variety of sports such as, volleyball snowshoeing, softball, basketball, and unified bocce. He is a great supporter of the Polar Plunge and encourages everyone to participate despite the cold. Alex has supported the Polar plunge for the past two years and plans to do so this year. Join Alex Huegen as he supports the 2018 Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Illinois!

Plungers can register for the Plunge at www.plungeillinois.com or by contacting Justin Dunning at 618-654-6680 or jdunning@soill.org. Last-minute Plungers are welcome to register on-site the morning of the Plunge.

About Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is the single largest year-round fundraising vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals: to raise money and to gain awareness for the athletes who participate in Special Olympics Illinois. The Law Enforcement Torch Run® has raised more than $43 million over 31 years while increasing awareness of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and their accomplishments.

About Special Olympics Illinois

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 17 sports for more than 22,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities and nearly 20,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support. If you are interested in learning more about Special Olympics Illinois, volunteering or providing financial support to help make Special Olympics programs possible, contact your local Special Olympics agency, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website at www.soill.org.

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