2021 Polar Plunge: Jurassic Times Call for Jurassic Plungers!

About 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). 

New to 2021:

  • We will have a handful of COVID-related safety measures in place (likely including staggered start times, etc.) that we will announce as it gets closer. If you aren't comfortable coming to Plunge in-person, that's okay, we have created a virtual option (see below). 
  • All of our Plunges will have a virtual option that will allow you to register and raise money while Plunging safely from your home (cold shower, ice bucket dumped on your head, kiddie pool, etc.). 
  • A registration fee of $10 is charged at the time of registration (grade schools and high schools exempted). This $10 DOES go toward your $75 fundraising minimum, so you only need to then raise at least $65 to participate.


    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

Jump to: 


2021 Polar Plunge Locations: 
Click your location below to register or to donate to a participant.

Please be aware that any friendly URLs you've used for past events (short URLs to send people directly to your donation pages) will no longer work after July 2020. When registering for future events, you will need to create new friendly URLs. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Still to come in 2020:


2021 dates/locations:

 Columbia Polar Plunge  Kansas City Polar Plunge
 Kirksville Polar Plunge  Lake of the Ozarks 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. 

Lake of the Ozarks Polar Bear Strut Rolla Polar Bear Strut




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

Prizes coming soon!

$250 Goosebumps Level: 



$500 Chilly Level: 



$1,000 Frosty Level: 



$2,000 Arctic 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. Meet your local Plunge Ambassadors!

Some of them are returning from their stint as a Plunge Ambassador in 2020, while we also have eight new ones for 2021! We will announce the new ones soon.

Allen Tobin, Kansas City

 Jessica Grammer, Steelville

 Anna McDaniel, Columbia

Sydnee Casey, Osage Beach

Glenn Plank, St. Peters

 Stephanie Littrell, Washington

 Bill Sampson, Springfield

 Patty Sutton, Kirksville

 Bobby Bates, Camdenton

 Leah Shoemaker, St. Joseph

 Charlie Phillips, Savannah

 Jared Niemeyer, Edina





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.