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2023 LETR Polar Plunge - Springfield Region H

Join us on March 4, 2023

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Be Cool. Take the Springfield Plunge, Saturday, March 4th 

You will be supporting Special Olympics Illinois athletes across the state, helping to provide them with life-changing programming. This includes year-round training and competition, as well as leadership, personal development, and health education opportunities.  Click here to learn more about Mollie Yates our 2023 Region H Plunge Ambassador. 

The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run is totally stoked to host this event in 2023. 

Plungers will have two options to participate: 

Join Special Olympics Illinois at the Springfield Plunge on Lake Springfield, Saturday, March 4th. You can also participate in Chad's Run prior to the Plunge. A special pre-registration event will be held at the KC Lake Club Fish Fry on Friday, March 3rd from 6-8pm. If you're putting together a Plunge Team - start planning your team theme and costumes! There will be an award for the most fun and creative team costumes. Make plans to join us immediately following the Plunge for a Post-Plunge Party inside the KC Lake Club. Lunch is free for all plungers (thanks to MJ Kellner) and available at a cost of just $5 for non-plungers! 

Or, take the Polar Plunge experience into your own hands and Create Your Own Plunge (safely, of course) by clicking here. When coordinating your Create Your Own Plunge efforts, please be safe. Do not attempt to jump into a lake, river or any other open body of water for the Create Your Own Plunge. Participants should not do anything that could physically harm themselves or others. Special Olympics Illinois is not responsible for any injuries that occur while participating in the Create Your Own Plunge event. 

Thanks for BEING SO COOL and supporting the more than 21,000 athletes in Illinois! And of course, no matter where you are taking the Polar Plunge, don’t forget to document it! We are asking all Plungers to share their experiences with us and the Special Olympics Illinois community. Post it on social with the hashtag #PlungeIllinois and tag our social profiles

Official Polar Plunge Sweatshirt Information:

All traditional Polar Plungers who have reached their $100 fundraising minimum by midnight on January 30th will be guaranteed their 2023 Polar Plunge sweatshirt at the Springfield Polar Plunge. Create Your Own Plunge participants will receive their sweatshirts via the mail in late April. 

All participants who reach the $100 fundraising threshold after that date but before the final fundraising date will receive their sweatshirt after the conclusion of the 2023 Polar Plunge season. Donations may be submitted online via your personalized fundraising page or mailed to Special Olympics Illinois. Click here for details on how to submit offline donations. 

Plunger Incentives:

All Polar Plunge participants are encouraged to fundraise beyond the $100 minimum for a chance to qualify for additional incentives. Incentive levels include $250, $500, and $1,000. An email with a redemption code will be sent to all qualifying plungers in early April. 

Sponsorship Information:

To become a sponsor of the Springfield Polar Plunge, click here or email!


Contact your Plunge Director, Tara Nickerson , at or call 217-791-7291.


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