Polar Plunge Series Presented By Westerra Credit Union

The Special Olympics Colorado Polar Plunge presented by Westerra Credit Union is a fun and unique way to help support a great cause. You can challenge yourself to jump into a frigid body of water (either a pool or reservoir) and get pledges of financial support from your family and friends. “Plungers,” as participants are referred to, may take the Plunge as an individual or as a team member. Many Plungers come in costume and stay afterward for the festivities or to cheer on other Plungers!

The Polar Plunge + 5K is the combination of a 5K run in Denver’s City Park followed by the Polar Plunge at the Denver Zoo. You are not required to participate in both events but it sure is fun for those who have claimed the feat.

Great news! If you’re a local program, the plunge is a great way to raise funds for your team. Click here to learn how to get started!

NEW! Polar Plunge Store- get your plunge gear and come in style!

We're Tossing Our Boss!

Help President and CEO Mindy Watrous raise $10,000 for our athletes!

  • At the $5,000 mark, Mindy will take the Plunge at the Boulder Reservoir!
  • At $10,000, Mindy will dye her hair purple!

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Participant in the water with Plunge sunglasses.

2017 Polar Plunge Series:

Kenney Reservoir – November 11

Earlier 2017 Plunges:

Aurora Reservoir – February 11

Avon Lake –  February 11

Denver 5K & Plunge – February 25

Lake Pueblo – February 25

Horsetooth Reservoir – March 4

Boulder Reservoir – March 4

Colorado Springs – March 18 * New Location


Thank You to our Sponsors!


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Event Sponsor

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The Polar Plunges aren’t just the coolest events of the year—they are guaranteed exposure for our partners. By becoming a sponsor, you will not only have the opportunity to showcase your brand, but you will also be supporting an amazing organization like, Special Olympics Colorado, that is recognized and favorably viewed by 95% of people in the United States.

For information on  2017 Polar Plunge Vendor Opportunities and information on Sponsorship Opportunities contact Britanny Saunier at

We welcome the opportunity to put together a customized proposal that will meet your marketing, budget and community relations goals.

2016 Top Polar Plunge Fundraisers (as of March 7 2016):

Denver Splash & Dash, Denver Zoo
Top Team Fundraiser: Denver PD Class 15-3 – $10,600
Top Law Enforcement Team: DOC Rocky Mountain Polar Plungers – $2,320.65
Top School Fundraiser: Manual High School – $2,311
Top Individual Fundraiser: John Shukie – $7,005
Most Spirited Team: Honey Badgers!
Aurora Reservoir, Aurora
Top Team Fundraiser –   Team GEO, $8,660
Top Individual Fundraiser – Jerome Price, $3,790
Top Law Enforcement Team – Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, $5,300
Horsetooth Reservoir, Ft. Collins
Top Team Fundraiser – Mighty but Small Penguins, $3,160
Top Individual Fundraiser – Mitchell Frazen, $2,466
Top Law Enforcement Team – Greeley Police Department, $9,579
Prospect Lake, Colorado Springs
Top Team Fundraiser: A Few Good Knights – $3,205
Top Individual Fundraiser: Michael Hergott – $2,980
Top Law Enforcement Team – Team EPSO – $3,538
Boulder Reservoir, Boulder
Top Team Fundraiser: Clean Energy Collective – $10,471
Top Individual Fundraiser: Julia Spencer – $4,230
Top Law Enforcement Team: Boulder Police Copsicles – $3,820
Top School Fundraiser: Bright View Hashtags- $1,905
Top University Team: Pi Beta Phi-$4,630