Polar plunge

The first event of Special Olympics Colorado’s Polar Plunge Series is taking place at the Trinidad Lake boat ramp on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“Polar Plunge represents the best of Special Olympics Colorado,” said Megan Scremin, Special Olympics Colorado (SOCO) president and CEO. “With plunges from Trinidad to Windsor, this effort showcases how people from across Colorado can come together to support our athletes when they need us most.”

The unique event has participants enter a body of cold water to raise money for SOCO. The event is in its 13th year in Colorado, second in Trinidad and is one of SOCO’s most recognizable fundraisers.

Said SOCO, “The 2021 Polar Plunge Series takes health and safety very seriously. As a result, the series is a mix of modified in-person events and virtual, at-home offerings.”

There will be no spectators this year and also this year, participants can ““chill at home” by taking a video of their plunge activity and tagging #VIRTUALPLUNGECO on Facebook or Instagram.

SOCO provides year-round sports training and competition for more than 18,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Colorado is able to offer hundreds of annual engagements, free of charge, to individuals age 2 and up.

SOCO hopes to raise $400,000 with the event in Trinidad and places like Denver, Windsor, Boulder, Aurora and Colorado Springs, through April 24.

The fundraising minimum to plunge is $75 (students and SOCO athletes are $50). Plungers will receive a long-sleeve Polar Plunge t-shirt. There are also trophies awarded to top fundraisers and for “team spirit.”

To learn more about the Trinidad Polar Plunge and to register, visit specialolympicsco.org/event/trinidadplunge/.

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