Hundreds of runners, spectators and a few brave souls attended and participated in the 10th year for the Owensboro Plunge today in beautiful downtown Owensboro at the Mitch McConnell Plaza.
The Polar Plunge is a fundraiser for the the Special Olympics whose mission is “to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities by giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.”
If you aren’t familiar with “The Plunge,” it works like a Walk-A-Thon. Polar Bears register and ask friends and family to support them in their efforts, which will benefit Special Olympics. The difference is that Polar Bears take a chilly plunge, or dip, into either a lake or a pool.
What’s new this year, besides the location? The 2015 Polar Plunge festivities included the inaugural Donut Dash 5K, a fun run/walk through Downtown Owensboro where participants have the opportunity to also plunge into donuts, furnished by The Rolling Pin Bakery, as part of their run. Participants are not just limited to plunging or dashing, they can double their fun and do both!