Plunge in to Olson Lake to help Special Olympics

It’s not every day people are willing to “go jump in a lake”—particularly in the winter—let alone do so with thousands of other people, including members of the law enforcement community. But that’s exactly what will happen Saturday, March 3, at Rock Cut State Park’s Olson Lake as part of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge® to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.

The event has grown from one location in 1999 to 16 locations across the state. Six Flags Great America and its Hurricane Harbor is the statewide sponsor of the Polar Plunges. Northern Region Sponsor is National Van Lines.

Any adventurous soul is invited to join law enforcement officers, as well as media and business and civic leaders from their community, by donning bathing suits, costumes or any clothing of choice (just no wet suits!) to jump in a lake. Each plunger must collect a minimum of $75 in donations that will be used to support Special Olympics programs in Illinois. All plungers will receive gifts, compete for prizes, and enjoy food and camaraderie with other chilly participants.

The more money a plunger raises, the more chances he/she will have to win a trip to Mexico presented by Apple Vacations and Iberostar Paraiso Maya and other grand prizes. For every $500 a plunger raises, he/she will get an entry into the drawing for the grand prizes.

Individuals can register for the plunge on the Special Olympics Illinois Web site at or by contacting Olson Lake event organizer Debbie Kelly at 288-2939.

From the Feb. 7-13, 2007, issue

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