The Polar Plunge is a nationwide winter event benefiting the Special Olympics. They are held in several locations throughout Virginia, including Virginia Beach. This Polar Plunge will benefit Special Olympics Virginia, which sponsors athletic competitions and sports programs throughout the state.
The Virginia Beach Polar Plunge will occur on February 5-6, 2016, between 31st and 34th Streets in Virginia Beach; the host location is the Hilton Oceanfront Hotel.
How does it work? Essentially, every interested person registers for the Plunge—a dip in the ocean, which is pretty cold in early February (hence, “polar”). Consequently, the Polar Plunge Virginia Beach’s motto is “Guts. Glory. Beachwear.” They get sponsors who agree to pay a certain amount to the Plunger. The Plunger plunges into the water, and the sponsor’s funds go to Special Olympics Virginia.
Cool, right? In so many ways!
If you’d rather not jump in the ocean, there are other ways to participate. One way is the Polar 4-Miler, also held on February 6th. Runners (or walkers, or strollers—there is no speed requirement) will start on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk at 30th Street at 8 am. The 4-Miler goes south on the Boardwalk to include the Rudee Inlet loop, and, after heading north back up the Boardwalk, runners will finish at their original starting point. There is a Plunge Pool at the end, but plunging is not mandatory.
Want to run faster AND plunge? Then the 1-Mile Splash and Dash is for you. Participants will run one mile and jump into an icy pool.
The only requirement for participation is raising at least $100 from sponsors. Everyone is welcome, participant, sponsor, or not. It’s a fun time and a good cause.
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