10th Annual Polar Plunge



The 10th Annual Polar Plunge will take place Feb. 6th. Brave men and women from around the area will don costumes and swimwear and take “polar” dips into Lake Boutin. Their Reason for Freezin’. . . the athletes of Special Olympics Missouri! All proceeds from this year’s event will benefit training and competition for the 1,100 Special Olympics Missouri athletes here in the Southeast Area.

The Polar Plunge is open to anyone 10 years or older who is a fan of having a good time for a good cause. The event is hosted by the Cape Girardeau Police Department and will take place at Lake Boutin –Trail of Tears State Park. Day-of registration begins at Noon and the Plunge starts promptly at 2 p.m..

In 2015, Polar Plungers raised over $41,000 for Special Olympics Missouri athletes. Each participant must raise a minimum of $75 to participate and can earn incentives by reaching fundraising goals. This year’s goal is $45,000 and organizers hope to break the million-dollar mark across the state with 13 events.
Costumes are highly encouraged. Awards will be given in the following categories: for the Top Fundraisers,Top Fundraising Group and Top Fundraising School. (All must be pre-registered.) Golden Plunger Awards for the most creative costumes will also be presented to Top Group and Top Individuals.
No wet suits are allowed and shoes are required.

The easiest and most efficient way to register is online at  Participants may also pick up paper registration forms at the SEMO Southeast Area Office at the Osage Centre, 1625 N. Kingshighway, Cape Girardeau.

All plunging participants will receive an official Polar Plunge commemorative sweatshirt, bragging rights for freezing your fur off, and free admission to the Post Plunge Party at the Isle of Capri. The Post Plunge Party admission for the general public is $5 per person.

Polar Plunge sponsors include Banterra Bank, Serv Pro, Sam’s Club, Ameren UE, Kiwanis Club, American Family-Laurel and Chris Adkisson.
For more information about the Polar Plunge, please contact Penny Williams, Southeast Area Director, at 573-339-6733 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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