Where is the Polar Plunge?
We can’t wait to be reunited with all of our plungers, volunteers, and supporters on March 6, 2022, at North Avenue Beach, and we also look forward to seeing how creative our virtual plungers are this year! Register today to support the 7,500+ Special Olympians who compete year-round in Chicago.
When did the Polar Plunge start for Special Olympics?
There are over 15 Polar Plunges statewide and the event serves as the signature fundraising initiative to benefit the athletes and programs of Special Olympics New York. The first Plunge in Rochester was held in 2001 and had 75 plungers with $15,000 being raised. The event is a part of the Lakeside Winter Celebration.
What do you wear for a Polar Plunge?
Bring a robe, blanket, towel or jacket to wear while waiting to plunge and for when you get out of the water. A towel to dry off as well as an extra towel to stand on is also a good idea. Wear tennis or water shoes. Not only is the ground freezing, but your feet will be numb in the water and it’s good precaution.
What is the Chicago Polar Plunge?
WGN News Daily Update. CHICAGO — A breezy polar plunge got underway at North Avenue Beach Sunday morning for the event’s 22nd iteration, working to raise money for Special Olympics Chicago. Over 4,000 people plunged into a frigid Lake Michigan all to get a sense of both the cold and the cause.
What does Polar Plunge raise money for?
The Polar Plunge is the biggest fundraiser for Special Olympics Minnesota. All funds raised by Plungers help Special Olympics Minnesota provide year-round training and services to thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities across the state.
Why is Polar Plunge good for you?
Reap the Benefits: Cold water plunging lower the temperature of damaged tissue and constricts the blood vessels. This reduces swelling and inflammation. It numbs the nerve endings to bring relief to injured muscles and joints.
Can you get sick from polar plunge?
“Participants can get what’s called initial cold shock response and with that can actually come some risks. People, especially with heart disease, would be at a higher risk of having abnormal heart rhythms or going in even into cardiac arrest,” Schmidt said.
What is the Polar Plunge Antarctica?
The Polar Plunge sometimes takes place onshore or, in many cases, from the gangway or Zodiac. All participants wear a tethered harness and plunge into the polar waters from the side of Zodiac or safety of the gangplank cheered on, of course, by fellow passengers and Expedition Team.
How many people do the Polar Plunge in Chicago?
NORTH AVENUE BEACH — The annual Chicago Polar Plunge returned to North Avenue Beach Sunday as an estimated 3,650 people took a dip in 37-degree Lake Michigan to raise money for charity.
What is cold plunging?
A cold plunge entails quite literally plunging yourself into bone-chillingly cold water — somewhere below 59 degrees to be exact. People have been immersing themselves in cold, icy water for centuries to reap various health benefits.