Community invited to take the plunge at Mother’s Beach for Special Olympics

Feb 9, 2016

It might be freezing, but that won’t stop hundreds of people from running and jumping into the water at Marina del Rey’s Mother Beach for the Special Olympics Southern California’s annual Polar Plunge taking place on Saturday, February 27.

Community members are encouraged to sign-up for the event and brave the sub-50-degree waves, to help raise money to support the nonprofit’s sport events and programs.

“Taking the Plunge is a unique way for individuals, groups and corporations to support our athletes,” said Bill Shumard, President and CEO of Special Olympics Southern California. “Our ocean and lakes have frigid February waters so brave souls can cross this off their bucket list and raise money for Special Olympics at the same time.”

Those that prefer to remain dry can register as a “chicken” with a $50 donation and are encouraged to cheer on their friends and plungers who have the option of wearing creative costumes or swimsuits. The event also includes a public safety expo and family fun area from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., as well as a pancake breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. The plunge takes place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

For more information or to register to take the plunge, please visit

Photo: Participants take the plunge into the cold waters of Marina del Rey to help raise money for the Special Olympics at last year’s event. Photo Courtesy The Polar Plunge.

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