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!



Participant in the water with Plunge sunglasses.

Thank You to our Sponsors!


Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Colorado




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 Sponsorship Opportunities contact Britanny Saunier at We would 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

Fundraising Minimums & Fees Polar Plunge | $75 Student/Athlete Polar Plunge | $50

Denver Only: 5K Run/Walk | $30 fee Early Bird Registration (Fee will be $35 on January 1, and $40 on February 25,2017) Splash & Dash | 5K Fee + Polar Plunge Fundraising Minimum ($75 or $50)