Polar Plunge on Feb. 2 to Raise Funds for Special Olympics

This year’s Polar Plunge event hopes to raise $65,766 for Special Olympics Missouri, an organization that provides athletic training and competition for persons with intellectual disabilities. The event will begin at 2 p.m. on Feb. 2 at Lake Boutin in Trail of Tears State Park, which is north of Cape Girardeau.

Competitors, either “Polar Plunging” individually or as a team, will jump into the Lake Boutin. Gold, silver and bronze medals for the team and individual competitions will be awarded during a post-event party at the Isle Casino Cape Girardeau. Judges will award medals based on the creativity and uniqueness of the participant’s and team’s presentations on the beach and and their activities during and after diving into Lake Boutin. Medals will also be awarded to the top fundraisers.

The theme for this year’s event is “plunge on the wild side.” Participants are encouraged to wear costumes that correspond to the theme.  One must be at least 10 years old to compete.

This year’s event is sponsored by the City of Cape Girardeau Police Department, who will have a team participating.

Those interested can register for the event by visiting the Cape Girardeau Polar Plunge page, and the Southeast Area Special Olympics page at somo.org/se. Registration forms can also be picked up at the Osage Centre. A minimum of $75 must be donated or raised to participate in the event. Persons raising the minimum amount will receive a free T-shirt. Persons reaching greater fundraising levels will qualify for additional prizes.

For more information about the Polar Plunge, call the Osage Centre at 573-339-6342.