This weekend, ladies and gentlemen from all over Boulder and surrounding areas will be taking the big plunge. A plunge into ice-cold water, that is. The Boulder Reservoir is playing host to a polar plunge for a second time this weekend.
This month’s plunge is benefitting the Special Olympics’ athletes, who number upwards of 14,200. The fundraiser comes at the perfect time, since the Sochi Olympics’ opening ceremony is this Friday evening and everyone has Olympics on the top of their mind. Right at the top after last night’s Super Bowl.
Teams and individuals raise money for the Polar Plunge by taking pledges from their friends and family for their leap into the freezing waters of Boulder Reservoir. There are prizes awarded for various levels and types of involvement (individuals and teams) and there are interesting benchmarks for the amount that you raise. For example, when you raise $250, you’re funding training and competition for one athlete. It might seem like a chunk of change now, but when you look at the big picture, $250 is a small price to pay for playing a big role in an athlete’s life.
There is also an after party to celebrate the participants’ big chill at the Absinthe House, where they can warm up with a few drinks as well.
The Special Olympics, Colorado provides year-round training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults who have intellectual disabilities. They allow participants to make friendships, experience joy and pride in their accomplishments and develop physical fitness
There are four competitions each year, one for each season, and participants must train for 6-8 weeks and participate in a local competition in order to advance to the state competitions.
The Polar Plunge is a great way to give back to a great organization. You may be shivering for a couple of hours, but you’re giving an athlete the chance of a lifetime.
The event takes place at 1 pm on Saturday, February 8 at Boulder Reservoir with an after party at the Absinthe House following.