Due to concerns related to the spread of the Coronavirus, Special Olympics Illinois has made the difficult decision to suspend all sports, training and competition activities involving all athletes as well as our Polar Plunge events through March 31, 2020. Information regarding sweatshirt pick-up will be available soon.
Plunge Hoodie Pick Up Date: Plungers are encouraged to join us Next Friday, March 20th from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m at the Lake of the Woods Pavilion. At this time, Plungers may turn in any offline donations they received and pick up their 2020 Plunge hooded sweatshirt and/or Dash shirt. Souviners will be open for purchase during this time as well. If you are unable to attend, please contact Jackie Mendoza at 217-355-1750 to arrange a time to pick up your items from the Special Olympics Illinois Region I Champaign office located at 902 N. Country Fair Drive, Unit 7.
All donations received by Monday, March 30 will count towards 2020 Plunge Incentives.
Cool School & College Cup Challenge Teams - The final cut-off for raising funds towards these awards is noon on Saturday, March 21st. All Plunge awards will be announced via Region I Facebook page on Sunday, March 22nd.
The Polar Plunge, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO, is a unique opportunity to support Special Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap into the frigid waters of Lake of the Woods. Participants must raise $100 in donations from friends, family and co-workers in exchange for jumping into the icy waters.
The Polar Donut Dash 5K will be held in conjunction with the 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. Registration is $30 online or $35 the day of the event. Awards will be given to the top three individuals in each age category.
NEW THIS YEAR - the Mahomet Donut Dash will offer a Gluten Free option for participants. If you require this option please email Officer Beth Visel with the University of Illinois Police Department at [email protected] by March 15, 2020.
The dash and plunge will take place 03/21/2020 at Lake of the Woods located at 109 South Lake of the Woods Road in Mahomet. Donut Dash registration starts at 8:00 am and the dash takes off at 9:00 am. Plunge registration starts at 10 a.m. with the plunge taking place at noon
Don't wait in lines to check-in on the day of the Polar Plunge and Donut Dash 5K, instead, come out Friday evening, March 20th, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the Lake of the Wood Pavilion, 1702 E. Prairie View Road, Mahomet, IL to get you and your team check-in for the Mahomet Polar Plunge and/or Donut Dash 5K! Have your signed Polar Plunge waivers, turn in any cash/checks you may have to credit your Plunge goal, get your Plunger wristband for beach/water entry, and receive your Official Law Enforcement Torch Run Mahomet Polar Plunge hoodie! Team Captains can also register for their teams by bringing all the team waivers and any additional check/cash to go towards plunger funds. If you are a Donut Dasher and have registered on-line, you can pick up your Bib and Donut Dash shirt.
Plungers will receive incentive prizes based on the amount of money they raise. By raising the minimum of $100, you’ll receive an official Plunge hooded sweatshirt. Sweatshirts will be available on a first come, first serve basis the day of the plunge. All individuals who do not receive a sweatshirt the day of the event will have one mailed to them in April. Other prizes are awarded at the $250, $500 and $1,000 levels and will be mailed to participants in April.
Pre-registered Dashers will receive an exclusive Polar Donut Dash shirt during registration. Day of registration will receive their shirt on a first come, first serve basis.
For additional information visit our main plunge site at www.plungeillinois.com.