AIR TEMP: 70 degrees

WATER TEMP: 45 degrees


MONEY RAISED FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS ATHLETES: $32,445 and counting! Help us reach our goal of $45,000! 




  • 1st Place: April Hook, $2,508
  • 2nd Place: Greg Burns, $1,146
  • 3rd Place: James Runde, $1,123

Top Team 

  • 1st Place: Chilly Peppers, $3,240
  • 2nd Place: Team Burns, $2,187
  • 3rd Place: SOMO Athletes, $1,840

Top Law Enforcement Team 1st Place: Maryville Treatment Center, $3,595

Top Fundraising School 

  • 1st Place: Truman Middle School Hot Tamales, $2,755
  • 2nd Place: Smithville Middle School, $1,850
  • 3rd Place: LeBlond High School, $1,485

Top Fundraising College 1st Place: Sigma Tau Gamma, NWMSU, $1,857

Golden Plunger Awards:

  • Individual: Matt Long, Day of the Dead
  • Group: Chilly Peppers


Visit our Flickr for downloadable event photos and YouTube for the video of the Plunge!

It’s common for friends and relatives to wait until after the Plunge for proof that you actually went into the lake.  That means now is the time for them to make a donation!  For those who created fundraising websites, your site will remain active through April to receive donations.  You may also send any checks or money orders payable to SOMO to: SOMO, Attn: Polar Plunge, 2300 Frederick Ave, Suite 204, St. Joseph, MO 64506.  If you have any questions, please call 816-233-6232.


This "unbearable" event is a unique opportunity to show your bravery as you support local Special Olympics athletes by plunging into the frigid winter waters. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Missouri. 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!

Participants must be at least 10 years old and raise a minimum of $75 by Feb. 18, 2017. The Polar Plunge St. Joseph is a project of the Law Enforcement Torch Run(R) for Special Olympics Missouri. St. Joseph PD and Maryville Treatment Center are proud to host this event.

Please remember this is a family friendly event! All costumes/team names must be courteous and appropriate for everyone.

You may mail offline donations to: Special Olympics Missouri, Polar Plunge, 2300 Frederick Ave. Suite #204, St. Joseph, MO 64506. Please include your name in the memo line of checks.