kansas city Polar Plunge

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Shawnee Mission Park Lake
Theater in the Park Entrance

Event Schedule
 9:00 a.m – Registration Opens
10:00 a.m. – Polar Strut 5k
11:00 a.m. – Opening Ceremony
11:10 a.m. – Costume Contest
11:30 a.m – Polar Plunge

Best Costume – individual and group – All Characters Welcome!
Top Fundraising – individual and group
Team with Most Participants

Don’t forget – all plungers must wear swimsuits under costumes!

Event Details
Entry for the Polar Plunge is $75 and entry for the Polar Strut 5K is $30.

Participants can pay the entry fees or fundraise to cover the amounts. Of course we would love for you to raise as much money as possible for Special Olympics Kansas athletes! Every dollar you earn helps to keep more than 4,000 Kansas athletes with intellectual disabilities on the playing field throughout the year! When you register for the Plunge or Strut online you can create your own fundraising webpage to share with friends and family through email and on social media!

Polar Strut 5K Information
Participants in the 5K will compete for top overall male and female awards, together with top three male and top three female awards in each of the following age groups: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+.


time until plunge








2021 Fundraising Goal


For questions, reach out to Luke Schulte – schultel@ksso.org

COVID-19 safety plans

  • Special Olympics Kansas and the Polar Plunge fundraising activities will adhere to all local county health gathering size limitations.  Should registration exceed the total number of people allowed to congregate within a specific county, time frames will be scheduled.  
  • No on-site packet pick-up. Team and individual plunge and strut registration packets will only be available for pick-up between 8am and 7pm (Monday – Friday) the week leading up to the event. 
  • Face masks and social distancing will be required at all Polar Plunge locations.  The only time where a face mask can be removed is while a participant is actively participating in either a Polar Plunge or a Polar Strut.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available in the areas before and after the registration tables.
  • In an effort to keep our changing rooms clean, we will encourage social distancing within the tents.  Further, sanitizing machines will be used before and after each Polar Plunge.  Or in the case with time frames, between each Polar Plunge group.
  • Every effort should be made to raise funds online.  However, if a participant has cash, checks, or coins to turn in the day of the event, please seal them within an envelope to keep registration sanitary.
  • IF a participant does not feel safe with the above protocols, they are more than welcome to partake in the Polar Plunge virtually.  Please reach out to the SOKS staff assigned to your Polar Plunge location to switch from an in-person registration to a virtual registration.
  • IF a participant is feeling ill or may have been in contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 24 hours before the event, please do NOT attend.  Please reach out to the SOKS staff assigned to your Polar Plunge location to switch from an in-person registration to a virtual registration.

Teams and Individual plungers will be assigned a plunge time between 11 a.mm and 2 p.m. on Plunge day, February 13. 

  • Estimated team sizes will be determined by talking to team captains the week of February 1st.
  • Plunge teams and individuals will be prioritized based on amount raised as of February 5th.
  • The goal will be to let teams know their plunge time on February 8th.
  • Individual plungers who register before February 5th will be worked in with team waves and will plunge after the team plunges.
  • Individuals registering after February 5th will be worked in at the latest time slot which we should tentatively know by then. 


Teams will check in at official plunge station 15 minutes before their assigned plunge time. Teams of up to 30 members will be able to plunge in one allotted timeframe. If teams are larger than 30 members they will be split into multiple time slots. Individual participants (not signed up with a team) will be assigned a plunge time as well. Once again, no more than 30 people (potentially lower based on current guidance) will be assigned at once. Plunge times will be assigned every 30 minutes.

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