It’s Polar Plunge season in Ohio. You probably want me to repeat that statement. Yes, believe it or not Polar Plunges occur in Ohio and there are even enough of them to call it a season. So, you’re probably thinking, are these those crazy people who jump into freezing cold water in the dead of winter?
I’ll admit, when one thinks of people taking a Polar Plunge one usually conjures up images of scantly clad wild and crazy adventurers in Iceland or Minnesota jumping into frigid lakes and oceans. But, most are unaware that quite a few Polar Plunges take place right here in Ohio, and even one here at Indian Lake on March 9, and they are for a great cause!
Every year the Polar Plunge challenges thousands of jumpers to do some “Freezin’ for a Reason” and take the plunge for Special Olympics Ohio.
Yep, you’ve probably always thought those people are a little crazy, but hey, now that you know one is practically taking place in our own back yard, it’s worth considering, right? Maybe even a little tantalizing, maybe? Are you up for the challenge?
Well, if you are teetering on the fence, be aware of the fact that most of these plunges are totally for charity and many in Ohio, including the Indian Lake Polar Plunge, raise funds for Special Olympics. So, hey go ahead take the plunge and jump in! Or, if that’s just not your cup of tea then at least , instead of taking the plunge, take a “pledge” to sponsor and donate money to someone who will take the plunge. It’s all for a good cause.
Believe it or not, over 50 people took the Polar Plunge at Old Field Beach at Indian Lake last year and the Indian Lake Polar Plunge raised over $24,000 for the Ohio Special Olympics!
You can even “officially” participate in the plunge and not have to jump in the cold water, and still support this great cause too. Here’s how it works. If you want to participate in all the other fun activities associated with the event but don’t want to jump into the frigid waters then you can register as “Too Chicken to Plunge”. This way you get all the thrills without the chills, and you snag a cool t-shirt also.
But, if you are the adventurous and fearless type, then take the plunge. Plunge participants obtain pledges to run into the frigid waters of Indian Lake. The more pledges and money you raise the bigger the prizes and incentives you can earn, ranging from Polar Plunge hats to Jackets and even a cornhole set. “Too Chicken to Plunge” participates obtain a minimum $30 pledge to get a “Too Chicken to Plunge” T-shirt.
The main event, which includes a costume contest begins at 1:15 pm at Indian Lake State Park’s Old Field Beach. The plunge kicks-off at 1:30pm sharp. A post-plunge party follows from 2:00 pm to 4:00pm at the Indian Lake Moose Family Center, 11044 Lake St., Lakeview, where check-in and registration for the event also takes place from 10:30am-12:45pm.
All proceeds benefit Special Olympics Ohio. The Indian Lake Polar Plunge raised a whopping $24,334.74 for the cause last year.
This year’s event will be the 10th annual Indian Lake Polar Plunge and it is held in partnership with the Indian Lake Moose Family Center on March 9th at the Indian Lake Old Field Beach.
“It is so amazing that, each winter, thousands of people take part in Polar Plunge events to raise funds for Special Olympics Ohio,” said Kate Burdett, Director of Marketing for Special Olympics Ohio. “We like to use the phrase Freezin’ for a Reason and that reason is the more than 23,000 athletes who train and compete in the 22 different sports we are able to offer them due to this support,” adds Burdett. “At many of our Polar Plunge events, athletes raise funds and jump in the water too because the Revolution is Inclusion -and anyone who has participated in or donated to a Polar Plunge event is helping to propel this movement.” she maintains.
Be a part of the “coolest” event of the year and take the plunge, donate, spectate or volunteer. Enter as a team or individual at OhioPolarPlunge.org.
2019 Ohio Polar Plunge Season
January 26th- Sandusky Polar Plunge SanduskyPolarPlunge.org
February 2nd- Columbus Polar Plunge The Basement DoctorColumbusPolarPlunge.org
February 2nd- Greater Cincinnati Polar Plunge GreaterCincinnatiPlunge.com
February 16th- Caesar Creek Polar Plunge CaesarCreekPolarPlunge.org
February 23rd- Cleveland Polar Plunge ClevelandPolarPlunge.org
March 2nd- Grand Lake St. Marys Polar Plunge GLSMPolarPlunge.org
March 9th- Indian Lake Polar Plunge IndianLakePolarPlunge.org
Ron Brohm is a regular contributor to this newspaper.