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South Lake Tahoe Polar Plunge


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A fantastic (but freezing) way to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Northern California. There will be no swimming here, just a quick dip into the depths of Lake Tahoe and back out again. Come for the emerald green water or the post-plunge party at Harvey's.

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This quick dip is not a swim, it is a chance to charge into the freezing cold water of South Lake Tahoe in your best costumes to raise awareness and money for an incredible cause. The money you raise helps approximately 24,000 athletes with physical and mental disabilities cover the cost of their sports training, education and leadership programs.

If you don't fancy taking the plunge then consider signing up for the 'Chicken' ticket, which gives you access to all the fun and festivities but saves you from the frigid water.

This event is hoping to raise a whopping $172,500 so do your part and get involved.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Post-splash bash with lunch
  • Awards for best costumes and top fundraisers
  • Polar Plunge T-shirts
  • No-host bar
  • Other warm treats
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10:00AM - Registration Opens, Pre-Plunge games begin and VIP Tent opens

11:30AM - Costume contest

12:00PM - Polar Plunge

12:30PM - Post-Splash bash with lunch and drinks


Spectators are encouraged to get down and cheer on their family and friends as they race into the water in their favorite costumes. If spectators want to partake in any of the festivities or the post-splash meal then they will need to pay the full $125 charity entrance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are costumes mandatory at the Lake Tahoe Polar Plunge?
No, but they are definitely encouraged and loads of people will be wearing them.
How long is the Lake Tahoe Polar Plunge swim?
This is not a swim, this is just a dip into the freezing cold water. Participants can choose how long they want to swim for.
Is there a minimum age for the Lake Tahoe Polar Plunge?
No, there is no minimum age. However, people under 18 years old should have their parents or guardians sign the waiver allowing you to participate.
Do I have to take the plunge?
No, if you don't want to take the leap into the freezing water then you do not have to.
What should I bring to the Polar Plunge in Lake Tahoe?
You should make sure you have a spare set of clothes (with no fiddly buttons/zippers) and a towel to dry yourselves off.
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Meet the organizer

Special Olympics Northern California enriches the lives of more than 23,925 children and adults with intellectual disabilities and their communities in Northern California through sports, education, and athlete health.

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