March 9, 2019

Bass Pro Shops Lake

Due to the impending weather on Saturday, we have adjusted our schedule for the Polar Plunge.  After consulting with KOMU meteorologist Tim Schmidt, who will be one of our emcees, we have adjusted the schedule as follows:

  • 1:00 pm Registration Opens
  • 2:30 pm Parade of Costumes Lineup
  • 2:45 pm Parade of Costumes Starts
  • 3:00 pm Plunge Begins

Safety is our No. 1 priority. We appreciate our participants' flexibility to ensure it is safe, fun and successful event.  We love our polar bears!

Don't forget, you can sign up to receive text alerts by sending PLUNGECOLUMBIA to 51555

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!

New this year: Use our social media toolkit to make this your greatest Plunge ever! The kit includes photos and pre-written social media posts. All you have to do is copy and paste! Note: Clicking the above link will trigger a zipped file download. 

Participants must be at least 10 years old and raise a minimum of $75 by event day. Additional prizes can be earned by raising the following amounts: 

$300: Blanket $500: Hoodie*  $1,000: Jacket $2,000: Cooler
plus one of each other level
2019 Plunge $300 Incentive 2019 Plunge $500 Incentive 2019 Plunge $1000 Incentive 2019 Plunge $2000 Incentive

* New this year! Raise and turn in $500 by March 9, 2019 for an entry to win a brand-new 2018 Sea-Doo GTI SE! Thanks to Missouri Powersports Dealers Association for this donation. 

2018 SeaDoo GTI SE

The Polar Plunge is a project of the Law Enforcement Torch Run(R) for Special Olympics Missouri. Columbia Police Department and Columbia Fire Department 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.  

If you have questions about the event, contact Susan Stegeman at You may mail offline donations to: Special Olympics Missouri, Columbia Polar Plunge, 305 Special Olympics Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65101. Please include your name in the memo line of checks.