Polar Plunges

2022 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). 

Did you know that you can purchase your Plunge souvenirs online?  Head over to www.somopolarplunge.deco-apparel.com and get a jump start on the newest items for this year!

COVID precautions:

  • 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.

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, exposed to COVID-19 in the ten days prior to the Polar Plunge, or are experiencing fever, cough, loss of taste/smell or shortness of breath, you should stay at home. When you are feeling better, we hope you will participate from home through the virtual plunge.

Please note: If the in person event would need to be cancelled, we would switch the event to virtual and there will be no refunds.


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.

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2022 Polar Plunge logo

2022 Plunge locations

Note: As of Oct. 7, 2021, the links below are live and ready for participants to register!

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 us for more information.

Polar Bear Strut

Show your bravery by running, walking, rolling, or strutting through the cold winter air. 

Due to vendor supply, items may be different when received at the Plunge event. We will do our best to provide similar items. Thank you for understanding.

Also, did you know that you can purchase Plunge souvenirs online?  Head over to www.somopolarplunge.deco-apparel.com and get a jump start on the newest items for this year!

Dark blue blaket with 2022 Plunge logo



Gray jacket with the 2022 Plunge logo


Fleece jacket

Black duffle bag with 2022 Plunge logo


Duffle bag

White cooler with 2022 Plunge logo


Cooler + blanket from $250 level

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 2022 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.

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!

Many of them are returning from their stint as a Plunge Ambassador in 2021.