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Chicago's Polar Bear Plunge Registration Now Open

Take part in the fundraising event to benefit Special Olympics Chicago.

Calling all fearless weather warriors! Registration is now open for the 13th annual Chicago Polar Plunge, benefitting Special Olympics Chicago.

The Chicago Polar Plunge, one of the largest fundraising events for Special Olympics Chicago, will take place Sunday, March 3 on Chicago’s icy lakefront at North Avenue Beach from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. This year, Special Olympics Chicago is aiming to make a “big splash” by surpassing all previous fundraising records for the Chicago Polar Plunge, and reaching the $1 million mark.

Known for its festive costumes and courageous participants, last year’s event attracted more than 2,000 participants, and raised more than $650,000. Whether plungers want to go waist high or take the full plunge, the Chicago Polar Plunge is a truly fun, inspirational and unforgettable experience.

Registration is now open by visiting www.sochicago.org. At that website, plungers will have the opportunity to create their own fundraising page to jump-start their efforts. To help reach the $1 million goal, registrants are asked to raise a minimum of $150. Participants are welcome to fundraise and plunge with a team or individually. Complimentary bus service will be provided for teams of 20 or more people. All participants will receive a complimentary T-shirt and towel.

Prizes will be awarded to top three individual fundraisers, top team fundraiser, best three individual costumes, largest team, and best group costume.

“The Chicago Polar Plunge is one of the most popular events in the city of Chicago each year,” said Jennifer Kramer, President of SCC/Special Olympics Chicago. “It is not only a fun and exciting day to be a part of, but the funds raised through the Chicago Polar Plunge help to change the lives of the thousands of Special Olympics Chicago athletes and their families. This year, we anticipate the Chicago Polar Plunge to be our most successful event yet, as we make history and reach our $1,000,000 goal!”

Once the dive is concluded, all are invited to a “Melt Down Party” which will take place inside the North Avenue Beach boathouse and in expanded heated tents from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is free and participants will receive free food and non-alcoholic beverages. A cash bar will be available.

For more information on the Chicago Polar Plunge benefiting Special Olympics Chicago, please call 312.527.3743; or email scc@sochicago.org

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