On Saturday, February 17, the ‘Biggest Chill’ in western Kentucky hits the water once again at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park. More than 800 are expected to head to the park and take a chilly dip in Kentucky Lake.
“Even if you aren't participating we would love to see you come out to the event, “ said Laura Miller, West Regional Director of Special Olympics Kentucky. “Meet our athletes, and see what Special Olympics is all about.”
The West Kentucky Polar Plunge works just like a walk-a-thon with Polar Bears raising a ‘bear’ minimum of $75 ($50 for Junior Polar Bears) to earn the right to plunge. Every Polar Bear receives an official Polar Plunge T-shirt and Polar Bear Club Certificate, but participants who raise more money can earn even better rewards. The top three fundraisers will be entered into a drawing for a $1,000 travel certificate from AAA Travel.
If you really want to get into the spirit of the event join the annual costume contest - always a highlight of one of the craziest events of the winter.
Prior to the Plunge there will also be the third annual running of the Polar 5k with runners and walkers traveling one of the most beautiful race courses in Kentucky across the top of the dam and along the lakefront.
The event has added a silent auction this year and Miller is excited to tell you about it.
“In addition to our 5K and Plunge, we are now holding a Silent Auction and we have some amazing items for you to bid on,” Miller told me. “ Gift baskets range in value from $150 - $500 dollars, tickets to Holiday World, NBA games and Murray State University signed basketballs, spa packages, grilling packages, watches, designer bags and so much more!”
The Triple Crown isn’t just for horses - that’s right, participants have the chance to get into the water not once, but twice, in addition to running the 5k! These overachievers will begin their day off by running the 5k. Then, they will enter the water twice - once from the dock, and another time by running in through the beach!
Those who complete the challenge will get a separate medal and will be crowned a “Triple Crown Champion”. They will get a special photo op on the golden throne with a golden scepter. This fun challenge was a lot of fun and very successful last year.
There will be people who cannot jump into ice cold water for a variety of reasons. No worries! The plunge has options for people who are “Too Chicken to Plunge”. Persons can register as “Too Chicken to Plunge”, and will get a “Too Chicken” t-shirt.
The 2018 Polar Plunge is sponsored by Peel & Holland, KDV, 96.9/WKY Star, WPSD, Subway, Murray Electric System, America’s Mattress, Benton Electric Supply, Dominos, Gibson Plumbing, Hutson Ag, Lake Chem FCU, McDonalds, Murray Transit, Primary Care-Murray, Regions Bank, Tanager Productions, Taylor Bus Sales, Imes Funeral Home, 1st Kentucky Bank, CFSB, Heritage Bank, and Jerry & Janice Harrington.
Miller encourages people to both participate in the Polar Plunge challenge and financially support Special Olympics. “It is more than one day of running around a track,” she explained. “Special Olympics is a movement that changes the lives of everyone who is fortunate enough to be touched by it.”
For more on how you can get involved in the Western Kentucky Polar Plunge or for sponsorship information, contact Laura Miller at 270.293.9054 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also click here to register now.
Special Olympics is the world’s largest program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Participation is open to all individuals eight years of age or older. Training and competition in local, area, state, and national programs is offered year-round in 15 sports in Kentucky.
In addition to sports, Special Olympics offers health screening programs through its Healthy Athletes initiatives and early childhood programming for young children with intellectual disabilities through the Young Athletes Program. For more information, please visit soky.org.