22nd Annual Polar Bear Plunge Heats Up Murfreesboro for a Cool Cause

Dec 26, 2023 at 10:01 am by WGNS News

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MURFREESBORO, TN - Murfreesboro is gearing up for the 22nd Annual Polar Bear Plunge, set to take place on Saturday, January 6, 2024, at Boro Beach, the outdoor pool at SportsCom. The event promises a chilly adventure that not only embraces the frosty weather but also supports a heartwarming cause—the local Special Olympics. This year's goal is to raise $10-thousand.



Registration for the plunge kicks off at 8:30 AM, with an "Arctic Adventure" beginning in the gym at SportsCom. Attendees can enjoy music, games, and snacks to warm up before the main event. A cold weather Costume Contest will add a dash of excitement, featuring two categories: Youth and Adult.

Despite the anticipated rain and a high of 51 degrees on the event day, the real challenge lies in the icy waters of the outdoor pool, which is expected to be in the low 40s. The official Polar Bear Plunge is scheduled for 10 AM, where brave participants will take the frigid dip to support the Special Olympics. Assistant Murfreesboro Parks and Rec. Director Thomas Laird said...

Parks Director Nate Williams remembered in years past, breaking the ice for plungers to make the jump... The festivities aren't just about plunging into freezing water; they're also about giving back. The Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department requests donations to Special Olympics as admission to the event. The funds raised by the daring "Polar Plung'ers" will contribute to Special Olympic events held for local Olympians in Rutherford County.

The night before the Polar Bear Plunge is forecast to dip down to 32 degrees, adding an extra layer of chill to the event. So, grab your warmest costume and join others for the Polar Bear Plunge for an unforgettable experience that not only challenges your tolerance for cold but also warms the hearts of those benefitting from the Special Olympics. The festivities continue after the plunge, with the indoor pool open until 11:30 AM for all jumpers to enjoy.

Join hundreds of brave individuals Saturday, January 6th, to support Special Olympics Tennessee athletes in Rutherford County. With a minimum of $75 ($50 students) in donations, each plunger receives the official Plunge t-shirt and all bragging rights associated with such a brave endeavor! Click Here for more details. 



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