Special Olympics North Dakota seeks 40 Polar Plungers for Sunday event

Are you willing to take the plunge into icy waters for a good cause and kick off your Saint Patrick’s Day with splash? Minot’s Annual Polar Plunge is looking for at least 40 brave participants to be “freezin’ for a reason” and help support Special Olympics North Dakota Sunday at the Sleep Inn and Suites.

Registration for the plunge will begin at 11 a.m. Events will start at 12:30 p.m.

The Minot Polar Plunge will be the fourth plunge to take place throughout the state of North Dakota this winter with a fifth planned later this month in Dickinson.

“One thing we can count on in North Dakota is having the bragging rights to coping with frigid cold temperatures,” said Kathleen Meagher, President and CEO of Special Olympics North Dakota. “The Polar Plunge is an even greater way to expand those bragging rights and to demonstrate the fun ways to enjoy our weather. It truly is an extreme sport but the exhilarating feeling you get after you plunge is one to remember.”

Plungers can participate as an individual or may create a team with friends, co-workers or classmates. Everyone must raise a minimum of $75 to “take the plunge” into the icy waters.

As a part of the fun, participants are encouraged to arrive with a creative costume while showing their bravery.

Once the plunge is done, a variety of special awards will be given out included “The Whitest Legs,” “Youngest Plunger,” “Best Costume,” and “Most Money Raised by…” awards for a team, an individual, a business and law enforcement team.

The Polar Plunge event helps to support more than 1,600 Special Olympics North Dakota athletes who train and compete year-round in 15 Olympics-type sports. This year’s event is sponsored in part by AE2S.

To get involved, for more information or to register, visit www.firstgiving.com/event/sond/Polar-Plunge or call 746-0331. Volunteer opportunities are also available.