You may wonder, what could possess someone to jump in the frigid Lake of the Ozarks Waters in February? The brave souls of the Polar Bear Plunge jump into the waters to raise money for the Special Olympics Missouri. Each participant collects donations and pledges as they commit to plunge into the icy waters. The event has brought more than 600 plungers and raised more than $200,000.
Many of the participants and teams will dress in costumes for the event and costumes are encouraged by event organizers. If you don't think you can commit to plunge, be sure to come out and cheer them on as theyy walk, run, crawl, dive and plunge into the waters of the Lake of the Ozarks.
Here is the schedule of Events for the Day:
- Registration - 12:00pm-2:000pm
- Parade Lineup for Judging - 1:50pm
- Parade of Costumes - 2:00 pm
- Announcements & Plungers' Oath - 2:15pm
- Polar Plunge - 2:30 pm - 4:00pm
- Post-Plunge Party at Tan-Tar-A Resort 4:00pm-7:00pm
If you are interested in participating please visit the Lake of the Ozark Polar Bear Plunge Site for more details. You can also visit this page to register for the event or donate to plungers in the event.
** Weather Advisory: The event will go on, snow or shine! The weather is predicted to warm up on Friday, which should clear up the roads. Everything is moving forward as planned, but if anything should change, we will post it here.
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