Register for the 2015 Polar Plunge!

Jun 20, 2014

Take the PLUNGE in 2015!

The 2014 Plungers worked hard to raise $452,708 for Special Olympics Oregon last year! That's an increase of almost $15,000 from 2013!

How the Polar Plunge works: As a "plunger" you register to participate in one of the five plunges around the state. Maybe you join a team. Maybe not. Then you raise a minimum of $50 in pledges from friends and family (but the more you raise, the bigger your incentive prizes are). Then on plunge day you run or jump into the water and get out as fast as you can. You decide how far you want to go in. It's all done for fun and to raise money for a great cause.

How you can help

Special Olympics Oregon serves over 12,000 participants here in Oregon. Our mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. 

Right now, there are more people with intellectual disabilities that could benefit from our training and programs than Special Olympics Oregon can financially provide for. Thanks to our supporters, we are helping more children and adults each year, which is why is why your support is so important. You can make a positive impact by helping to raise money for Special Olympics Oregon's 2015 Polar Plunge. Donate today to help us provide the life-long opportunites to our participants all year and spread the word!

Then, visit our website to register for a Polar Plunge in your area!

Mar 26, 2014


Thank you Thank you! for making 2014 Polar Plunge season one for the books! There were over 3,000 people taking the plunge in Portland, Eugene, Corvallis, Bend and Medford. We also had over 400 people participate in our inaugural 5K fun Run & Walk! Even with having to reschedule 3 of our plunges because of bad weather, we still raised over $400,000 for the amazing athletes of Special Olympics Oregon. Our athletes compete year round and wouldn't be able to do so without your generosity. Thank you for your continued support and we can't wait to see what 2015 polar plunge brings!

Nov 22, 2013

Off to a GREAT start!

The Portland Polar Plunge is off to a great start! There are 379 brave souls registered for the 2014 polar plunge and they have already raised over $18,000!

Of those 379 plungers, 51 of them are running in our first annual 5K Run/Walk that will take place the morning of the plunge.

Of course we can still use your help to get us to our goal of 2,500 plunger and $350,000!  You can join this group of eager plungers by clicking the link below and registering to TAKE THE PLUNGE!

If you’re afraid of a little cold water, you can still participate in plunge day activities by signing up for the “Too Chicken to plunge”. Activities include a photo booth, lots of yummy food, and other fun carnival things!


Sep 5, 2013

Announcing the First Annual Polar Plunge 5k Fun Run!

In 2014 the Portland Polar Plunge is adding a 5k Fun Run!

This family friendly walk/run is a great way to embrace the chilly weather and boost your energy level, especially if you are more of a runner than a plunger.

Runners will begin the 5K course at 9:00 AM, February 8 in Portland along the Columbia River and will end at the Polar Plunge site. Runners must raise a minimum of $25 to benefit the amazing athletes of Special Olympics Oregon. The first 250 runners registered will receive a pair of Nike running socks! If you sign up for the plunge too, you'll get to plunge straight into the water at the end of your run!





Jun 14, 2013

Did you know?

Did you know that Polar Plunge is an event of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Oregon?!

LETR is a year-round fundraising and awareness building campaign that involves THOUSANDS of law enforcement volunteers who donate their time and money to support the athletes of Special Olympics Oregon through grass-roots events like Tip-A-Cops, a Harley-Davidson Raffle, an annual Torch Run and of course, POLAR PLUNGE.  In addition to year-round fundraising, Law Enforcement volunteers cheer on Special Olympics Oregon athletes as they compete year-round.

Even though the 2014 Polar Plunge is 8 months away we're already gearing up for it. Registration is OPEN and we have some exciting new details coming soon so stay tuned!

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