Plunge Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Polar Plunge?
The Plunge is one of Special Olympics Kentucky biggest fundraisers! Participants raise a minimum of $75 ($50 for ages 6-18) to jump off the docks into Kentucky Lake or run in from the shore! All the proceeds help fund Special Olympics Kentucky Athletes!

What is the Polar 5K?
It is a fun 5K that goes through the Kentucky Dam Village Resort State Park! Runners raise $40 to participate.

What is the Triple Crown?
Participants raise a minimum of $125 to jump off the dock, run in from the shore, and run the 5K!

What is a Personal Plunge?
The Personal Plunge is designed for those who are not able to attend the event in person. You can find examples of how to do a Personal Plunge here. OR simply support the event by fundraising and earning prizes without the CHILL. This is perfect for family members and friends who do not live in the area too!

When and where is the Plunge?
The Plunge and Polar 5K will be held on March 5, 2022, at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park in Gilbertsville, KY.  

Will there be an in-person Polar Plunge and 5K?
YES! We've had to make some adjustments but we hope you will join us at Kentucky Dam Village. Please check out our current event changes and guidelines here.  Due to conditions required for events at KY Dam Village by the KY Department of Parks, there will be no spectators allowed for the 2021 Western KY Polar Plunge and 5K. Guardians of minors and SOKY athletes will be permitted to accompany registered participants.

What is the 2022 5K route?
The 5K route can be found by clicking here.

Who does the Plunge benefit?
All donations raised will benefit Special Olympics Kentucky. Funds raised will be used to provide year-round sports training and competition in 15 different sports, as well as comprehensive health screening programs for more than 13,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities.

How do I sign up?
Right here on westernkyplunge.com, select register now and follow instructions on how to get your team or yourself registered. We are always available to help, just give us a call at 502-326-5002.

Who can participate?
Most importantly you must be in good physical health and over the age of 6.  Anyone under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian allowing them to participate.

How many people can be on a team?
There is no limit to the number of people that can be on a team. The more the merrier! 

How much does it cost to participate?
Jr Participants (ages 6-18)
5K: $40
Polar Plunge: $50
5K + Polar Plunge: $100
Triple Crown: $125

Participants (ages 19 & over)
5K: $40
Polar Plunge: $75
5K + Polar Plunge: $100
Triple Crown: $125

How do I know when to plunge?
You will receive a colored wrist band at check in. Announcers will call out the color that is plunging at that time. You have to be wearing this in order to plunge. The earlier you check in, the earlier you get to plunge!  

What do I wear?
Costumes are encouraged
!  We recommend bringing a towel and a change of clothes for after your plunge. There are tents where you can change out of your wet clothes and into something warmer so you can stick around to cheer on your friends!

Can I bring guest with me to the Plunge?
Due to conditions required for events at KY Dam Village by the KY Department of Parks, spectators will be allowed on a limited basis for the 2022 Western KY Polar Plunge and 5K. Guardians of minors and SOKY athletes will be permitted to accompany registered participants. Give us a call at 502-326-5002 or continually check for COVID-19 updates on WesternKYPlunge.com.

Are pets allowed?
We cannot allow any pets, except for service animals, for safety purposes.

What if my friend and family give me cash or checks instead of donating online?
No problem. You can mail them to the Special Olympics Kentucky office (1230 Liberty Bank Lane, Suite 140, Louisville, KY 40222, Attn: Western Kentucky Polar Plunge) at least one week prior to the event or you can bring them with you to the event and turn it in when checking in. We will add it to your online fundraising totals. Please make checks payable to Special Olympics Kentucky, and be sure to note on the check who the donation is going to so we can credit you/ your team!

Are awards given out?
Yes, awards and bragging rights will be handed out to the winners of the following categories:
-Top Fundraising Teams in each of these categories: Corporate/Civic, School/University and Public Safety

-Top Three Individual Fundraisers
-Top Fundraising Special Olympics athlete
-Best Individual Costume
-Best Group Costume

Can you earn prizes/ incentives for fundraising?
Yes, the more money you raise the more cool prizes you earn. Please refer to the Fundraising Prizes page under the Event Information Tab for specifics.

***Still have a question that we didn’t answer? Please call or email Jennifer at jmcmahon@soky.org or 502.326.5002.  We look forward to seeing you there!