January 17th, 2021

Polar Plunge for Special Olympics returning to Henderson on Feb. 1

By Bobinec, Greg on January 23, 2020.

Greg Bobinec

Lethbridge Herald


The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Alberta Polar Plunge is returning to Henderson Lake next weekend to help raise funds for Special Olympic athletes in Alberta.

On Feb. 1, more than 40 plungers will brave the freezing waters of Henderson Lake to support the athletes, with this year’s costume theme of superheroes. The event will run from 11 a.m., until the last registered plunger takes the frigid jump.

“We are challenging everyone to get out and make a splash in support of our athletes at this year’s plunge,” says Johnny Byrne, Special Olympics Alberta CEO. “This year, the event is open to all ages and it will be exciting to see new and familiar faces braving the cold, which makes a huge impact for our athletes every year. We are so thankful to Mr. Lube for jumping back as a platinum sponsor and we cannot wait to get freezing for a reason once again in 2020.”

Notable plungers will brave the cold in Lethbridge, including Canadian Olympic hammer thrower, Const. Jim Steacy. For the first time, people of all ages will be able to take the plunge, along with Special Olympic athletes.

In 2019, the Polar Plunge raised more than $180,000 with 450 plungers in the five cities where the event is held.

Special Olympics Alberta has programs that cater to all ages and a wide range of abilities to over 3,300 athletes in 140 communities.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Alberta is looking to raise $250,000 in 2020 through the plunges across the province. Dedicated fundraisers earn incentives like gloves and hoodies and they can qualify for provincial awards if they reach top fundraising status.

Plungers are also encouraged to stay for the after party with fun activities and a barbecue and coffee. To register yourself, your team or group of people for the Polar Plunge, visit specialolympics.ca/albertapolarplunge.

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