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Effingham Polar Plunge

by Brice Simmons/Campus & Features Editor

The Illinois Special Olympics is holding their annual Polar Plunge in Effingham, Illinois. This is an event held to raise money for the Special Olympics and is definitely a good cause to support. This particular Polar Plunge is being held at Lake Sara on Mar 1. The cost to participate is $75 minimum.

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Photo from Effingham Daily News of a past Polar Plunge out at Lake Sara.

The Polar Plunge is presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO. This event is a great way to support the Special Olympics athletes by leaping into the frigid waters of Lake Sara. Each participant has to raise the $75 in donations from friends, family, co-workers, etc. for the privilege of leaping into ice cold waters with many other excited individuals.

This event is a great way to meet new people, help raise money for a great cause and have fun all at the same time. Also, according to there is a “plunger incentive prize.” This is a prize system based on the amount of money that the plungers raise. If the minimum of $75 is raised, you will receive an official Plunger hoody and admission to the “post-plunge party.” according to The other prizes include: a beach towel for raising $250, an Under Amour backpack for raising $500 and an embroidered Columbia half zip fleece for raising $1,000.

The plunge registration begins at 11 a.m. at Lake Sara, Effingham. The Polar Plunge will then begin at noon with the post plunge party taking place immediately after at a location to be determined. Plungers will receive a free lunch and guests will pay $7. During the plunge, anything can be worn except a wet suit. You must wear shoes, and costumes are encouraged for fun. There will be a waiver for the plungers to sign and anyone under age 18 must have a parent or guardian to sign the waiver form.

To register go to and click on the Register button or contact Linda Wunder at 618-654-6680.

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