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The Polar Plunge is a wild and crazy opportunity to support Special Olympics Oregon athletes by fundraising and plunging into icy Oregon waters in the height of winter.  This is Special Olympics Oregon’s most unique and daring fundraising event and we invite you to create a team and join the tradition!

2019 Polar Plunge dates are here!

February 9, 2019               Bend
February 9, 2019               Eugene
February 16, 2019             Corvallis
February 16, 2019             Medford
February 23, 2019             Portland

In Portland! 5K | 10K Fun Run/Walk

Did you see us in 2018? The Polar Plunge was seen across the state with media coverage in every market. Check out some of the links below!

Fox 12 Andy Carson (Fox 12)
Oregonian (Lizzy Acker) Oregonian
KATU Slideshow KOBI (Medford)
KTVL (Medford) Mail Tribune (Medford)
Hearald & News (Kalamath Falls) Corvallis Gazette-Times
KEZI (Eugene) KVAL (Eugene)
Eugene Register-Guard KTVZ (Bend)
Bend Bulletin  

We want your school to take the R-Word Pledge, make the commitment to removing this word from their vocabulary and then take the Polar Plunge to support Special Olympics Oregon athletes!

PLEDGE and PLUNGE is an awareness campaign that educates students and staff about the derogatory use of the word “retard(ed)” and raises awareness for individuals with intellectual disabilities through the Polar Plunge.

“I pledge and support the elimination of the derogatory use of the R-word from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.”

Learn more at

Visit the Polar Plunge Website

Sign up your team today and start fundraising.

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Check out all the great photos from last year’s Polar Plunge.


The Polar Plunge is a Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraiser. Learn more now.


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