Register for the 2015 Polar Plunge!

by Special Olympics Oregon
2014 Polar Plunge 5k
2014 Polar Plunge 5k

Join us in Portland on Saturday, February 28, 2015 for our 2nd Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk! This family friendly event 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.

The 5K race will begin at 9AM near the Portland Airport Economy Parking Red Lot. This is a point-to-point course on the paved path along the Columbia River on Marine Drive and ends at the Polar Plunge site at Broughton Beach. Runners must raise a minimum of $25 each to benefit the amazing athletes of Special Olympics Oregon.

If you are looking for a more extreme form of exhilaration, consider adding a little splash to your dash by doing the 5K Fun Run/Walk followed by the Polar Plunge! Runners who raise a minimum of $50 can participate in the 5K race and continue straight into the Columbia River to Plunge, either on your own or with your team! Those who register to Run and Plunge and raise a minimum of $50 will receive a Nike long sleeve Plunge T Shirt in addition to running socks!

After your run, walk or plunge, enjoy the food and fun while watching over 2,000 people plunge into the Columbia River! Shuttle buses will run all morning to transport you back to your car.

Register Now!

For more questions, please email Director of Development, Ashley Allenby at or call at 503-248-0600 ext. 39 or Team Recruitment Manager, Andrew Steinbeiser, at or call at 503-248-0600 ext. 46


Special Olympics Oregon Timbers Unified team
Special Olympics Oregon Timbers Unified team

On June 23, 2014, Special Olympics Oregon (SOOR) Timbers Unified Soccer team from Woodburn High School competed in the 2nd leg of the Cascadia Challenge, held at the adidas Village. They competed against the Special Olympics Washington (SOWA) Sounders, with the SOOR Timbers taking the win 6-1! The event was part of the Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders FC rivalry weekend.

The next day, both teams participated in a pre-game exhibition match, with the SOOR team winning 3-2, at the Timbers vs. Sounders game at Providence Park where they received tons of support and motivation from Timbers Army.

For many of the Woodburn High School partners and athletes, this was their first experience attending a Timbers game, let alone playing on the Timbers field and meeting the players! This was an incredible experience that they are sure to remember.

About Project Unify

Unified Sports® is a program that combines approximately equal numbers of Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (known as unified partners) on sports teams for training and competition.

Our Project Unify program provides positive social interactions between teammates and often leads to long-lasting friendships on and off the field, promotes physical health, shatters stereotypes about intellecutal disabilities, and provides an opportunity for students to create social change through sport. Your support helps Special Olympics Oregon sustain and grow our participation in Unified Sports throughout the state.

Visit the Project Unify website for more information about SOOR Unified Sports.


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!

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!

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!


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Organization Information

Special Olympics Oregon

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Audrey Vejraska
Donor Services Manager
Portland, OR United States