2020 Polar Plunge: To Plunge and Beyond!

2020 Polar PlungeAbout the Polar Plunge

This "unbearable" event is a unique opportunity to show your bravery as you support local Special Olympics athletes by walking, running or crawling into the frigid winter waters that Missouri has to offer.

Participants must be at least 10 years old and raise a minimum of $75 each by event day (every member on a team must raise the $75 minimum). The Polar Plunge is a project of the Law Enforcement Torch Run(R) for Special Olympics Missouri. Various police departments, highway patrols, correctional centers and other law enforcement agencies around the state are proud to host this event. 

Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Missouri’s year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. SOMO exists to provide year-round sports and training opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and our athletes need you to get involved.  Become a coach, volunteer, recruit a future athlete and learn how you can make a difference

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2020 Polar Plunge Locations: 

Click your location below to register or to donate to a participant. 

 Cape Girardeau Polar Plunge  Columbia Polar Plunge  Kansas City Polar Plunge
 Kirksville Polar Plunge  Lake of the Ozarks Polar Plunge  Lake Saint Louis Polar Plunge
 Lake Viking Polar Plunge  Maryland Heights Polar Plunge  Rolla Polar Plunge
 Springfield Polar Plunge  St. Joseph Polar Plunge  


Super Plunges: 

Are you someone who thinks swimming in a semi-frozen body of water just once is kind of easy? Is Plunging 24 times in 24 hours extreme enough for you? If so, sign up in Kansas City or Lake of the Ozarks today! Email Kami for more information.

 KC Super Plunge  LOZ Super Plunge  


Polar Bear Strut:

Show your bravery by running, walking or strutting through the cold winter air. Links below are not live quite yet. Check back on Labor Day to register!

Lake of the Ozarks Polar Bear Strut Rolla Polar Bear Strut  




Prizes:  Reach the following levels by Plunge day and receive these prizes! 

$250 Goosebumps Level: 

$250 level


$500 Chilly Level: 

$500 level


$1,000 Frosty Level: 
$1000 level


$2,000 Arctic Level: 
$2000 level
+one of each of the other prizes



Polar Plunge Athlete Ambassadors 

It’s easier to raise money for a cause when you personally know someone who will be affected by your generosity. New to 2020, meet your local Plunge Ambassadors!

Allen Tobin, Kansas City

 Jessica Grammer, Steelville

 Anna McDaniel, Columbia

 Kayla Dannenmueller, Sikeston

 Allison D'Agostino, Columbia

 Stephanie Littrell, Washington

 Bill Sampson, Springfield

 Patty Sutton, Kirksville

 Bobby Bates, Camdenton

 Leah Shoemaker, St. Joseph

 Charlie Phillips, Savannah

 Jared Niemeyer, Edina

 Drew Thompson, Lee's Summit

 Sydnee Casey, Osage Beach

 Glenn Planks, St. Peters



If you prefer to mail donations to our office, please use the address for the location nearest you

Tell me more about this good cause.

All the money raised at the 2020 Polar Plunge will support local Special Olympics athletes.  Sure, we’re all about year-round sports training and competition, that’s our mission. But there is so much more to our program.

"For many of the athletes involved in Special Olympics, this is the only time that people talk to them at all. Many people with intellectual disabilities go all day without being spoken to at all,"  shared Michael Myers, an officer with the St. Charles Police Department and the father to SOMO athlete Brooke. "Of the many things that can’t be measured in medals are the relationships that have been built with Brooke and other athletes, as well as, between our family and other families."

Get involved in your local program.  Visit our calendar for events near you.