Quick Stats

$114,375.40 Raised
937 Participants

2018 Polar Plunge - Bloomington

Join us on February 24, 2018

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Event Details
Where Miller Park Lake
Bloomington, IL
Starts 02/24/2018 @ 10:30 AM
Ends 3:00 PM
Check-in Time 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Registration Cutoff 02/23/2018 @ 11:45 PM
Donation Cutoff 04/27/2018 @ 11:00 PM
Contact Jim Fitzpatrick
Phone 309-888-2551
Email Address jfitzpatrick@soill.org

Take the Plunge

The Polar Plunge, presented by the 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 Miller Park Lake. Participants must raise $100 in donations from friends, family and co-workers in exchange for jumping into the icy waters. 

Plunge Time Information

The plunge will take place Saturday, February 24 at Miller Park Lake located at 1020 S. Morris Ave., Bloomington. There will be two shifts of plungers, the first registration takes place at 9:00am with the plunge at 10:30am and registration for the second plunge begins at 10:30am with the plunge at 12pm. All plungers will be assigned a plunge time and will be informed when they will be plunging. Download the 2018 Plunge Order


Save time and bypass registration on the day of the Plunge by pre-registering. We will have two pre-registration parties with an opportunity to "Give Back" to Special Olympics Illinois! 

The first pre-registration event will be held Monday Feb. 19, at Buffalo Wild Wings, 603 S. Main St., Normal, from 4-7pm. You will have a second chance to pre-register on Wednesday Feb. 21 at Buffalo Wild Wings, 3220 E. Empire St., Bloomington, from 4-7pm.  If you decide, you would like to grab some wings or dinner on either of these nights, print out and present these flyers to your server and 15% of your bill will go back to Special Olympics Illinois!

Print this flyer for the Bloomington Buffalo Wild Wings pre-registration event

Print this flyer for the Normal Buffalo Wild Wings pre-registration event

If you cannot make either pre-registration, you may register on the day of the Plunge. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Miller Park Lake PavilionDon't forget to bring your offline donations and to separate out your team money amongst team members!


The plunge is Saturday, Feb. 24th at Miller Park Lake in Bloomington and will take place in two time shifts, 10:30 a.m. and noon. Plunge teams with over 20 members will plunge at 10:30 a.m. and register at 9:30 a.m. All other groups and individuals will register at 10:30 a.m. and plunge at noon. A final plunge order will be emailed out the week of Feb. 28.

Plungers can park at Trinity Lutheran Church at 801 S. Madison Street in Bloomington. Buses will take Plungers and spectators to the Miller Park Lake Pavilion and drop off on S. Morris Ave. The shuttles will pick up every 15 minutes (9:15, 9:30; 9:45; etc.) from Trinity Lutheran. They will run continuous routes picking up and dropping off. The final round of shuttles will leave Trinity Lutheran at noon and will then only be running return routes from Miller Park until 2 p.m.  

View Shuttle Map Here

Plunger 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.

For additional information visit our main plunge site at www.plungeillinois.com.


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