Help Special Olympics athletes when you take a cold dip in the Minneapolis Polar Plunge

The Minneapolis Police Department, Minneapolis Park Police and other local law enforcement agencies are participating in the 2014 Polar Bear Plunge this winter. Due to popular demand the Minneapolis Polar Plunge has expanded to two days: the Frozen Friday Feb. 28 and the Minneapolis Plunge and the Plunge 5K with other events March 1.

The Polar Bear Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics athletes by jumping into frigid Minnesota waters. It consists of 16 different events that take place across Minnesota during the coldest months of the year. From January through March, Plunge crews will travel around the state to 16 different communities to raise funds for Special Olympics Minnesota.

Participants raise a minimum of $75 and take a dip into one of Minnesota's frozen lakes. But the Plunges are so much more than that. They're the kind of fun and exciting events that you really have to experience to understand. In 2013, the MPD, Minneapolis Park Police and other local agencies partnered with Special Olympics MN to raise $1.2 million at the Minneapolis Polar Bear Plunge and 5K run. 

The Plunge is presented by Minnesota law enforcement as part of the year-round Law Enforcement Torch Run events to benefit Special Olympics.

Watch for more information on the Minneapolis Polar Plunge in Minneapolis Matters or contact Richard Sheldon at 612-673-5147 or


Published Jan 22, 2014