Take a chilling plunge into the Atlantic for the Special Olympics New Hanover County

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Area residents take a chilling dip into the annual polar plunge in Kure Beach, benefiting the Special Olympics New Hanover County. (Courtesy photo.)
Area residents take a chilling dip into the annual polar plunge in Kure Beach, benefiting the Special Olympics New Hanover County. (Courtesy photo.)

KURE BEACH — Get ready to take a dip in the chilling waters of the season during the 13th Annual Polar Plunge and 5K run, supporting the Special Olympics New Hanover County. 

The event invites local athletes to take a chilling plunge into the Atlantic Ocean on Feb. 11, 2017. The plunge takes place at the Kure Beach Boardwalk by the pier.

Local athletes can participate in either the 5 K or 1 mile walk, or simply take the plunge.

All proceeds support the Special Olympics New Hanover County.

Participants pledge individually or as a team. Teams must have at least five members and each member must raise their minimum amount to be eligible to run or plunge.

It’s $50 for to take the plunge only, $30 for the 5K run only, $55 to take the plunge with a pooch, $30 for the 1 mile “Fun Walk” and $65 for the combo package, which includes the Plunge, and the 5K or 1 mile walk.

Special Olympics New Hanover County has a mission to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities. 

The organization currently has more than 600 Special Olympic Athletes. The country provides training and competition on a local, state and national level, for athletes in several different sports including, basketball, softball, bowling, bocce, golf, power lifting, cheerleading, soccer, swimming, tennis and volleyball.

Participating in sports gives Special Olympic athletes continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community, according to the organization.

For more information about the annual polar plunge event visit the Special Olympics website.