AIR TEMP: 49 degrees

WATER TEMP: 34 degrees 

PLUNGERS: 495 (3 PeeWee Plungers)




Top Individual: 

  1. Kirk Halveland, $2,440
  2. James Walkenhorst, $1,800
  3. Mark Stewart, $1,185

Top Team: STL Falcons, $8,789

Top School: LaSalle Springs Middle School, $5,370

 Top Recruiter: Troy Buchanan High School, 51 polar bears

Golden Plunger Award:   

  • Individual: Carp Hunter
  • Group: Huff & Plunge (prom dresses) 
  • LETR Agency: Warrenton County Handicapped Services/Truesdale PD (cowboys)
  • School: Seckman High School StuCo (dads) 
  • Most Spirited: LaSalle Springs Middle School (polar cats)  

PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE: Visit our Flickr for downloadable event photos and YouTube for the video (coming soon!) of the Plunge!


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 each by event day. The Polar Plunge is a project of the Law Enforcement Torch Run(R) for Special Olympics Missouri. Maryland Heights PD and Hazelwood PD are proud to host this event.

Polar Plunge is a family friendly event.  Special Olympics Missouri promotes inclusion as a way of life for not only our athletes but everyone at our events.  We reserve the right to ask anyone to alter/remove their costume if found offensive or harmful to those in attendance.  

You may mail offline donations to: Special Olympics Missouri, Maryland Heights Polar Plunge, 2945 S. Brentwood, St. Louis, MO 631442. Please include your name in the memo line of checks.