Registration Opens for Annual Polar Plunge in Illinois

The date is set for Feb. 21, 2020

Registration for the annual Polar Plunge in Illinois has opened and now, those bold enough to jump into the frigid waters of Lake Michigan will be able to do so for a cause in 2020.

The money raised every year during the event goes to all of the items that the Special Olympics organization needs for its athletes, including transportation, medals, sports equipment, and trips for thousands of area athletes that participate in the program.

“The league of nearly 60 SUPER Plungers will begin jumping into Lake Michigan at 2311 Campus Drive Evanston, IL. at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2020,” according to a press release. “The Plunging elite will continue plunging once an hour for 24 hours until 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.”

All SUPER Plungers, who are asked to raise a minimum of $2,500 to participate, will be provided with a heated tent, the statement said,

In order to participate, polar plungers were asked to donate at least $100, but teams are known to raise thousands of dollars for the event ahead of time.

This year features three new Plunges. Locations include:

February 15 – Peoria

February 16 – Fox Lake

February 20 – Edwardsville (NEW – Exclusive Cool School Plunge)

February 21 – SUPER Plunge

February 22 – Bloomington, Quincy

February 24– Evanston, Galesburg

February 29 – Carlyle, Effingham, Macomb, Mendota, Oak Brook, SIU

March 1 – EIU Glow (NEW), Yorkville 

March 6 – Belleville

March 7 – Decatur, Manteno, Rend Lake, Rockford, Springfield

March 14 – Braidwood (NEW)

March 15 – Rock Island

March 21 – Mahomet

March 22 – Palatine

For more information or to simply register, click here.

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