Come watch the Minneapolis Polar Bear Plunge

If you’d like to watch folks crazy enough to jump into Lake Calhoun on a winter day, mark your calendar for Saturday, March 3. That’s the date of the sixth annual Polar Bear Plunge sponsored by the Minneapolis Police Department, Minneapolis Park Police, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, the University of Minnesota Police Department and Metro Transit Police

Last year’s Minneapolis Polar Bear Plunge raised more than $634,000 for Special Olympics Minnesota, an organization that offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition opportunities. With 3,076 jumpers, last year’s Minneapolis event also set a new participation record.

This year’s event begins at 11 a.m. and will be held at Thomas Beach, Thomas Ave. S. and West Calhoun Parkway.

For more information, visit, e-mail or call (800) 783-7732.  

Volunteers (who can stay warm and dry) are needed to help set up the plunge site, manage crowds and assist with clean-up after the event.  If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Lynn Cronquist at, Kari Schmitz at or Rich Sheldon at


Published Feb 29, 2012