Joel Johnston held a selfie stick when he did the Polar Plunge, in support of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Alberta, at the Bower-Kin Community Centre in Red Deer on March 9, 2019. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Joel Johnston held a selfie stick when he did the Polar Plunge, in support of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Alberta, at the Bower-Kin Community Centre in Red Deer on March 9, 2019. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Polar Plunge for Special Olympics goes virtual

Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Alberta

The 10th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Alberta invites Albertans to “get freezin’ for a reason.”

Polar Plunge celebrations have become a virtual campaign.

“The safety of our members, participants, and the public is of utmost importance, so making the decision to move the Polar Plunge to virtual-only, while unfortunate, was relatively easy for us,” said Chief Lee Newton, Law Enforcement Torch Run executive council chair.

“The Polar Plunge is a cornerstone event for LETR and we want to thank all of our supporters and our Platinum Sponsor, Mr. Lube for making the 2021 Polar Plunge a possibility. We want to encourage all Albertans to join us in celebrating our 10th anniversary by taking the Plunge for these great athletes.”

Plunge season begins Jan. 31, kicking off with a virtual opening ceremony live on Facebook and YouTube. The event will wrap up on March 13.

The Polar Plunge challenges anyone to bravely participate to help 140 communities across Alberta.

Participants have the opportunity to have some extra fun with their plunges this year whether they make snow angels, use cold buckets of water, or a kiddie pool in their backyard. The opportunities are almost endless.

For information on how to take the virtual plunge, or register, visit www.specialolympics.ca/albertapolarplunge.

In 2020, a total of 590 Polar Plungers raised $197,000 in support of Special Olympics Alberta.



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