Your ultimate guide to the 2015 Polar Plunge in Virginia Beach is here!
Polar plunges across the country raise funds for a variety of charitable organizations ranging from police departments to public school recreational programming. The Polar Plunge Winter Festival in Virginia Beach raises money for one of the best causes. In the United States, it is estimated that 4.6 million people have a developmental or intellectual disability. The Virginia Beach Polar Plunge raises funds to provide free programming for both children and adults with intellectual disability.
The theme for this year’s Polar Plunge Winter Fest is “The (Bow) Ties that Bind Us,” and takes place in Virginia Beach from February 6th through the 7th. The 2015 festival will include four great challenges with a variety of prizes and raffles. Prizes include t-shirts, beach towels, bow ties, and a chance to win some great prices including a $100 Walmart gift card, Water Country fun cards, Busch Gardens fun cards, two-night stay at Great Wolf Lodge, a $500 Walmart gift card, an Over the Edge Spot with helmet cam, hotel vouchers, and more.
On February 6th a Cool School Challenge will be held for students and teachers. Together, they’ll take a plunge into the ocean wearing bowties and sharing their pride. On February 7th three more events will take place. The Plunge 5K is a great 5K race for stroller pushers, walkers, and runners of any age. Online registration ends on February 1st but you can register on event day for $40. The Pee Wee Plunge will be held for plungers aged 10 and under. These tiny humans will plunge in to a cold (cool) kiddie pool and be entered to earn prizes. And the Polar Plunge will follow with over 3,500 plungers braving the Atlantic Ocean. The average water temperature of the Atlantic in early February is in the mid 30s. Plungers of all ages must raise at least $100 to participate in the plunge. Other events during this festive weekend include costume contests and a costume parade.
This event is a fundraiser above all, and a fun event second. Remember that you have to raise $100 to plunge, so getting those donations is huge. Make it a fun event and go door to door in your neighborhood with a group of other plungers, ask friends and family, or save up to donate on your own. Don’t be afraid to ask coworkers, teachers, and strangers for a donation. You never know who will be willing to contribute to the cause.
This year’s plunge is sponsored by FM99 WNOR, News Channel 3, 106.9 The Fox, WGNT, Virginia Natural Gas, Torch Run for Special Olympics Virginia, Knights of Columbus, Booz/Allen/Hamilton, Walmart, Hardees, Free Agents Marketing, United, Health Journal, Yelp. TJ Max, and more.
The event will take place on the oceanfront between 9th and 6th streets in Virginia Beach. In Richmond, Southwest Virginia, and Northern Virginia smaller plunges will take place for those who want to do more or who can’t attend the plunge in Virginia Beach. Local hotels will have special rates for those plunging, and local vendors will sell sandwiches and hot drinks in the heated Plunge tent.
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