What is the Law Enforcement Torch Run
for Special Olympics Illinois?
The Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity to support Special
Olympics athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap into the frigid waters of an Illinois lake.
Participants raise at least $75 in donations from friends, family and co-workers in exchange for
jumping into the icy waters in the middle of winter. Each plunger receives a Polar Plunge
sweatshirt and entrance into a Post-Plunge Party, plus the chance to win additional prizes for
raising more money. All proceeds collected by plungers benefit Special Olympics Illinois
athletes. Nearly $2.5 million has been raised by more than 8,100 plungers since the event’s
inception 10 years ago.
Attire: Anything but a wet suit. Shoes are recommended and costumes are encouraged. Don’t
forget a towel with which to dry off!
In 2009, Polar Plunges will take place from Feb. 28 to March 21 in 17 different locations around
the state! Check which plunge you’ll be attending from the list below:
Friday, Feb. 27 to Saturday, Feb. 28 – SUPER Plunge, Evanston
(Plunging once an hour every hour for 24 straight hours)
Saturday, Feb. 28 – Northwestern University’s North Beach, Evanston
Sunday, March 1 – Miller Park Lake, Bloomington
Sunday, March 1 – Lakefront Park, Fox Lake
Sunday, March 1 – Lake Storey, Galesburg
Sunday, March 1 – Twin Lakes, Salt Creek Park District, Palatine
Saturday, March 7 – Rend Lake, South Sandusky Beach, Benton
Saturday, March 7 – Carlyle Lake, Carlyle
Saturday, March 7 – Lake Springfield, Knights of Columbus Hall #4179, Chatham
Saturday, March 7 – Lake Decatur, The Beach House, Decatur
Saturday, March 7 – Lake Sara, Effingham
Saturday, March 7 – Sunrise Beach, Lake Bluff
Saturday, March 7 – Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, Mahomet
Saturday, March 7 – Manteno Lake, Manteno Sportsman’s Club, Manteno
Saturday, March 7 – Moorman Lake, Upper Moorman Park, Quincy
Saturday, March 7 – Olson Lake, Rock Cut State Park, Rockford
Sunday, March 8 – Loon Lake, Silver Springs State Park, Yorkville
Saturday, March 21 – Lincoln Lakes Private Beach Access, Lincoln
Online registration starts Nov. 1. For more information or to register, visit
2009 Polar Plunge Donation Form
Donor’s Address Phone Donation Paid
Name (Street, City, State, Zip) Number Amount
Online Total (Print your firstgiving webpage donations and attach to this form) $
Matching Gift (Many employers match charitable donations. Ask your H.R. Dept.) $
Total Enclosed $
Please make checks payable to Special Olympics Illinois.