Weekend Polar Plunge may not be icy, but dozens expected to participate
Plunge Day Schedule
Noon—12:30 p.m. – Check in and Plunge Day Registration.
12:45 p.m. – Costume contest (under the main tent).
1 p.m. – The Plunge
1:30 p.m. – Little Bit Plunge! Kids 10 and under.
2 p.m. – Post-Plunge Party with food, a bonfire and awards.
There’s a challenge for schools that could earn a group a community service credit and the chance to win the traveling trophy.
Participants may register online at www.sonc.net and search for polar plunge, contact Jay Taylor at 704-654-6892 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Special Olympics Director Jesse Byrd at 704-636-0111 or email@example.com for details or register the day of the event.
The weather won’t be particularly nippy, but it’s all for a good cause to take a plunge in the water at this year’s second annual Polar Plunge. The proceeds raised benefit the Special Olympics of Rowan County.
This year, the event will be held Saturday at the Elks River Park on Long Ferry Road starting at noon. The Elks River Park is located at the end of Long Ferry Road, off Interstate 85 exit 81.
Organizer Jay Taylor said as of Monday, this weekend’s weather is expected to be around 61 or 62 degrees with possible rain. He said there is a covered pavilion for spectators.
The event is free to the public, but participants pay $25 each to take the plunge. Participants may jump as an individual or as a team. Taylor said the goal is to raise $5,000 this year for Special Olympics.
The event will begin at noon and go until 3 p.m. The actual plunge happens at 1 p.m. for adults and 1:15 p.m. for children.
There will be food, a deejay, a bonfire and giveaways. About 15 to 20 area businesses have donated gift cards and other offers as part of the giveaway.
Taylor has a team of 25 taking the plunge this year, and he said there are teams expected from two churches — Sacred Heart Catholic and First Baptist. He expects about 40 people to take the plunge.
There are plans to continue the plunge every year, he said, and make it bigger and bigger.