Registration Open for Polar Plunge and 5k Run
By West Kentucky Star Staff
MARSHALL COUNTY - Registration has begun for the 10th anniversary Western KY Polar Plunge presented by Peel & Holland, to benefit Special Olympics.

The Polar Plunge into Kentucky Lake and the 5k run are on Saturday, February 16. More than 500 people are expected to return to the park and take a frigid dip in the lake. Participants can register and raise money on-line at the link below.

The Plunge works just like a walk-a-thon, with Polar Bears each raising a “bear” minimum of $75 ($50 for those between 6-18 years old) to earn the right to plunge. Every Polar Bear receives an official Polar Plunge T-shirt and Polar Bear Club Certificate, but participants who raise more money can earn even better rewards.

This year's event will again feature the Polar 5k ($40 entry fee), which will run through Kentucky Dam Village State Park the same day as the plunge. 

Back by popular demand is the Polar Triple Crown Challenge, which includes three challenges for the bravest folks: the Polar 5k, the traditional “Jump-In” from a dock, and a “Run-In” from the old beach area. 

There will be prizes given for top fundraising individuals and top fundraising groups. There will also be the annual costume contest, which is always one of the highlights of one of the craziest events of the winter.

People who want to support the Polar Plunge, but not jump or run can register as a “Virtual Plunger” and raise money. They receive the Polar Plunge T-shirt and are eligible for all other fundraising prizes. 

Event Organizer Chuck Williams says the Polar Plunge is extremely important to all of the athletes who compete locally in the Special Olympics.

"This is our primary fundraiser that we have each year to raise money for our Special Olympics programs. Three to four-hundred athletes across western Kentucky benefit directly. Especially the programs in Murray-Calloway County and Marshall County." Williams said.

Events begin on Friday, February 15, with Polar Plunge 5k packet pick up and Polar Plunge Early Check-In from 4-6 pm at the Kentucky Dam Village Convention Center. Participants can turn in all remaining money, get their number and/or wristband they will need to participate on Saturday, pick up their T-shirt and select other fundraising prizes while avoiding lines on Plunge day.

Polar Plunge/5k Race Day check-in will open at 8 am. Opening ceremonies and costume contest for both events will start at 10. The 5k start will take place at 10:45, with the Plunge getting underway at 11:15. It should end about 1 pm.

The Western Kentucky Polar Plunge is one of five that will be held in Kentucky this year. Other events are in Lake Cumberland, Lexington, Louisville and Northern Kentucky (Bellevue). Last year, the Western KY Polar Plunge raised over $99,000.

All funds raised by the Polar Plunge go to support the more than 9,300 children and adults with intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics programs in Kentucky and the more than 2,000 volunteers who help run those programs statewide.

For more information about the Polar Plunge, click the link below.

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2019 Polar Plunge and 5K

Published 04:19 PM, Saturday Jan. 26, 2019
Updated 10:26 AM, Saturday Jan. 26, 2019

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