If this weekend’s temperatures aren’t low enough for you, how about taking a dip in the cold Atlantic Ocean for a good cause?
The 12th Annual Polar Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics in New Hanover County is taking place Saturday in Carolina Beach at the boardwalk gazebo. The day’s events start at 11 a.m. with with live music, food, a car show, a silent auction and more. There will also be a costume contest at 12:30 p.m.
A 5K run and one-mile, all-abilities fun walk are scheduled prior to the plunge. Both start at 1:30 p.m. Following the run and walk, which are organized as ways to warm up before going into the “polar” water, plunge participants will be lined up around 3 p.m. They will be divided into three areas: one for special Olympians and those under the age of 15, one for participants 15 and over and another for plungers with pooches.
After the dip, an after party will be held at the Lazy Pirate at 701 N. Lake Park Boulevard.
Participants have a few options with different prices. For those looking to do the “warm” events, the cost of the one-mile fun walk is $25 and the cost of the 5K is $30. For those who only want to get wet, the price is $30 for students (with ID) and $50 for adults ($35 and $55 for plungers with dogs, respectively). Combo packages (run/walk and plunge) are $45 for students and $65 for adults.
About 600 local Special Olympics athletes are supported by fundraisers like the Polar Plunge. The organization receives no funding from the government and relies solely on donations from individuals and groups. More information on the event can be found here on the Special Olympics New Hanover County website.