Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Jan. 25

The Polar Plunge for Special Olympics will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, in Pine Bluff Regional Park.

The 5K Polar Bear Run/Walk is scheduled to begin registration at 9 a.m. at the Amphitheater. The race will begin at 9:30 a.m. Awards will be given immediately after the race finishes. Early entries are encouraged to assure a T-shirt availability. Award metals will be given to seven age groups, male and female. Run/Walk fees are $25. Please make all checks out to Area IX Special Olympics.

The first Polar Bear Tug of War will be held at 11:30 a.m. Registration for this event begins at 11 a.m. This event is designed for high-school aged participants and will determine the strongest high school team in Area IX. The entry fee is $25 per person or $125 for the five-member team. There will be a male and a female division. A plaque will be given to the winner of the male and female division.

The Special Olympics Polar Plunge will begin registration at 1 p.m. and the Plunge to begin at 2 p.m. The participation fee minimum is $50 and a prize for the person who raises the most money for Special Olympics. The costume contest theme for this year is “Honor Our Military by Supporting Special Olympics.” Prizes will be awarded to the best costume, the individual that raises the most money and the team that raises the most money.

Last year, the Polar Plunge raised $11,500 for Special Olympics.

The Department of Correction Band will provide entertainment between events.