4th Annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics!


**Please read entirely for important details.**

The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for "Team ACJ" to support Special Olympics Oregon athletes by jumping, walking or slowly crawling into the frigid and icy Oregon waters of the Columbia River in the middle of the winter :)  This will be our 4th consecutive year doing this event; so far, we have raised over $3,500 for Special Olympics.

**I have set up a team (Team Anyone Can Join) through the Polar Plunge website.  You will need to go there and register to participate.** Each participant is expected to raise $50.

You do not need to participate in the Plunge to attend this event.  **In addition to Plungers, it would be awesome to have cheerleaders and photographers showing support for Special Olympics and ACJ.  If you would like to donate to our team, you may do so through the link below.**

If you would like to participate this event:

1) RSVP for the event through our site. Indicate under the comments section if you will be plunging or cheering us on.
3) Then go to https://www.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=1022487&lis=1&kntae1022487=6E99FCFD94D349E3AF8DB313FAD0781C&supId=374669874&team=5354379
4) Please raise the minimum amount of $50 for the event. See the above website for instructions.
5) Show up for the event and have fun! As always, we will be wearing our PJs to stay warm before the event and stripping down to swimwear just prior to going in the water.

If you would like support us by cheering us on:
1) Please RSVP for the event and indicate that you will only be cheering us on.
2) Come out and support us!

If you would like to donate for this event but not participate:
1) Please go to the above link and donate.

If you RSVP for this event you are committing to me that you will raise a minimum of $50 for the privilege of taking a wintry dip in an icy body of water in February. You will also receive a commemorative long-sleeve t-shirt and a bowl of soup, plus bragging rights!

8:30am-10:45am On Site Check-in
10:30am Costume Contest
11:00am Opening Ceremonies and Polar Plunge!



Code of Conduct
Plungers must be in good health and free of heart conditions.
All plungers must sign a waiver or have a partner/guardian signature for plungers 17 or younger.
Shoes are required during the plunge.
Diving headfirst is not permitted.
Wet or dry suits are not allowed.
Each Plunger must raise a minimum of $50 to plunge.

Plunge Tips
ARRIVE EARLY! Everyone will be eager to get in the water!
Bring a robe or an extra towel. You can wear it while you wait in line, and drop it just before you jump into the water.
Bring layered, loose fitting clothing for after the plunge! It’s easier to get into when your fingers are freeeeezing!
Plunge with a team…it’s more fun!
A warm tent will be on site to warm your bones after the plunge.
Polar Plunge is not responsible for your lost or stolen property. Leave valuables at home!
Bring a disposable, waterproof camera that you can carry with you…even if your “handlers” can’t get a close-up of you in the water, feel free to ask a fellow Plunger to capture your big moment on film.

About This Event
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest grassroots fundraising effort for Special Olympics in the world. In 2008 alone, more than $34 million was raised world-wide by law enforcement volunteers in many unique ways, and one of the most successful events has been the Polar Plunge. Over 30 Polar Plunges take place every year in 15 states across the country, and millions of dollars are raised. Here in Oregon, Polar Plunge Deschutes was the inaugural event in 1997 in Bend, Polar Plunge Columbia in Portland began in 2009, and in 2010, we will launch additional Polar Plunges in Corvallis, Eugene and Medford. We invite you to be one of the thousands of chilled souls in Oregon who have plunged into winter waters to show their support and raise money for Special Olympics.

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  • Nicole

    Awesome! Looking forward to next year. :)

    1 · February 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am currently under an electric blanket!!!!

      February 9, 2013

    • Heather

      I think I have finally thawed out. :)

      1 · February 11, 2013

  • Andrea

    Awesome job Heather. My former supervisor at work is really into Special Olympics with his son. I will donate to the general fund for this group. I'd do it myself if I were not afraid of dying of a heart attack. I cannot do cold water. Good Luck to you All!

    February 8, 2013

    • Heather

      Thank you so much for your donation, Andrea!

      February 9, 2013

  • Heather

    I am by the warming lamp in front of the ladies changing tent.

    February 9, 2013

  • Dan M.

    Change of plans... Won't make it

    February 8, 2013

  • Heather

    Early Check In: Beat the check in lines on the morning of your plunge!! Bring all of your money and signed waiver (we will have copies there) to the Hollywood Fred Meyer on Friday, February 8, 2013 from 3 PM - 8 PM. We have expanded our hours to accommodate the growing number of plungers. Everyone that comes to early check in will receive a free towel, courtesy of Fred Meyer. Parking

    Due to construction, the ONLY parking available will be on NE 33rd south of Marine Drive (the main lot from last year).

    February 7, 2013

  • Heather

    I will be sending out an e-mail with final details tomorrow morning.

    February 6, 2013

  • Dan M.

    I will be cheering!

    February 3, 2013

  • Ryan

    If attending as a group, Are we all planning on wearing costume(s)/same types of clothing?

    January 26, 2013

    • Heather

      Yes. We will be wearing our PJs to stay warm while we wait and then stripping down to swim wear just before entering the water.

      January 27, 2013

  • Teresa

    Yay! This will be my 3rd year in a row doing this. :)

    January 7, 2013

  • Gregory

    Might be doing this with some people from work. Have fun though either way.

    January 4, 2013

  • Kobi

    Cheer u on

    January 3, 2013

  • Sukran

    out of town.

    January 2, 2013

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