Chill Seekers Needed to Participate in New River Polar Plunge® Fest Feb. 18

For many athletes, Special Olympics is the only place they will experience the thrill of victory. The chance to be part of a community. The opportunity to live a healthier, more productive life.

In Virginia, we can't deliver on those dreams without enormous community support of the Polar Plunge® Fest, Feb. 18 in the New River Valley. To date, we're one third of the way to matching last year’s $64,340 record, which supports more than 27,000 athletes and volunteers in Virginia. And for every one athlete we serve, 11 more are waiting to get in the game.

We need your help. Please help us spread the word. To register, donate or find out more details about Polar Plunge, visit or call our Blacksburg office, 540.951.2918.

Together we can create more champions.

The 2017 Polar Plunge® Fest, presented by the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Virginia, Radford University and the Radford Police Department, kicks off this Saturday, Feb. 18 at 10 am. Plunges will take place into the New River at Dudley’s Landing at noon. Current Plunge teams include Radford University’s chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma, the Blacksburg Junior Women’s Club, a team of teachers from Pulaski County, Hidden Valley High School’s Champions Together team, and many Special Olympics volunteers and athletes from the New River Valley.

It’s $100 to Plunge – and the more you raise the cooler the prizes, including warm towels and stainless steel tumblers. In addition to the Plunge, the Fest will include a costume contests, DJ, free hot chocolate and door prizes. The Fest is free and family-friendly.

This event is one of five Polar Plunge® Fests in Virginia. The largest – now in its 25th year – took place in Virginia Beach Feb. 3-4 and raised $1.1 million. Plunges also will take place on Saturday, Feb. 25 in Northern Virginia at Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant & Crabhouse; into an above ground pool in Richmond at The Shops at Willow Lawn, also Saturday, Feb. 25; and new this year, the inaugural Charlottesville Polar Plunge® Fest at the Shops at Stonefield March 11.