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 Carlyle Lake. 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 Carlyle 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.
Plunge and Dash Time Information
The dash and plunge will take place Saturday, February 24 at Carlyle Lake located at 801 Lake Rd., Carlyle, IL. Donut Dash registration starts at 8:30 am and the dash starts at 10:00 am. Plunge registration starts at 10 am with the plunge taking place at noon.
Pre-Registration is held in conjunction with two dine and donate events at Peel Pizza on February 20th (104 S. Cherry Street, O'Fallon) and February 21st in Edwardsville (921 S. Arbor Vitae, Edwardsville). Bring any offline donations and receive your hoodie, wristband and day of information for the Plunge. No early packet pickup for the Donut Dash 5K. Come hungry and show your server this flyer so that 20% of your meal will be donated back to Special Olympics Illinois.
Can't make it? Don't worry, we will also be hosting a Pre-Registration Drop-In at our office located at 1318 Mercantile Drive in Highland on February 22nd from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Plunger and Dasher Incentive Prizes
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.
Dashers who regsiter online by February 9 will receive an exclusive Donut Dash t-shirt. Those who register after the deadline will receive a shirt on a first-come, first-serve basis. No Dash shirts will be mailed out after the event.