Indian Lake Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics

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COLUMBUS – On March 19, Special Olympics Ohio will encourage the public to do some Freezin’ for a Reason at the seventh annual Indian Lake Polar Plunge.

Hundreds of warm-hearted participants will take the chilly plunge into Indian Lake to raise money for Special Olympics Ohio.

As part of the Polar Plunge experience, participants obtain monetary pledges to earn the privilege of jumping into the frigid waters of Indian Lake. Another, less chilly opportunity to raise money is Too Chicken to Plunge. To participate as a Chicken, one raises a minimum of $30 and is awarded with a Too Chicken to Plunge T-shirt as well the opportunity to NOT Plunge. Teams of chickens may be formed in support of favorite Plungers. The Indian Lake Polar Plunge is a family-friendly event and members of the public are invited to come and watch. Spectators may attend the Post-Plunge Party for $10.

The 2015 Indian Lake Polar Plunge raised more than $21,000. This year, the main event will be on Saturday, March 19 starting at 1:30 p.m. with a Post-Plunge Party immediately following at the Indian Lake Moose Lodge. The Post-Plunge Party will feature an awards ceremony for top fundraising teams and individuals and will include food and beverages for all Plunge participants, those Too Chicken to Plunge, and paid guests.

The schedule for the Polar Plunge:

Saturday, March 19

10:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Check-in/Registration at the Indian Lake Moose Lodge, 11044 Lake Street, Lakeview

1:15-1:30 p.m.: Polar Plunge Costume Contest at Old Field Beach, on state Route 235, one mile north of Lakeview

1:30-1:50 p.m.: Plunge!

2-4 p.m.: Post-Plunge Party and Awards Ceremony at Indian Lake Moose Lodge

The 2016 Indian Lake Polar Plunge is presented by Special Olympics Ohio, the Ohio State Moose Association, and the Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

Information about and links to registration sites for all of Ohio’s Polar Plunges are available at or interested participants can get details by calling Special Olympics Ohio at 614-239-7050. Also watch for social media posts about the Polar Plunge events. Special Olympics Ohio can be found on Twitter (@SOOhio), Facebook (, and Instagram (SpecialOlympicsOH).

Special Olympics Ohio provides year-round sports training and competition opportunities for adults and children with intellectual disabilities, giving them opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with their own families, their peers and the community. Special Olympics Ohio serves more than 23,000 athletes throughout the state.

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