Last year, More than 50,000 spectators witnessed 16,000 participants brave the icy waters and take The Polar Plunge during events throughout Minnesota. The annual event has become a staple of Minnesota winters and according to event coordinator Joe Zander, has no intention of slowing down.
Eden Prairie’s Plunge on March 12 is expected to feature executives from the Twins, Timberwolves, Wild and Vikings, taking the plunge beside their team’s mascots. Both collegiate and professional athletes are expected to be in attendance for photo and autograph opportunities. Last year 750 hardy winter-lovers raised more than $160,000 at Eden Prairie’s plunge.
Every dollar raised and donated goes on to support Minnesota’s 8,100 Special Olympics athletes and this year, the Plunge is hoping to top last year’s donations and break $4 million. “The main way to get involved is to first participate,” says Zander. “It is our goal to get everyone to Plunge and come back every year.”
The Plunge is also in need of volunteers, so if you don’t feel ready to take a chilly dip, there’s still a way to get involved.
Eden Prairie Polar Plunge
March 12, noon
Riley Lake Park 9180 Riley Lake Road, Eden Prairie