San Francisco Plunge & 5K Fun Run/Walk – Feb. 21, 2015

Join Special Olympics Northern California for the Bay Area’s coolest event of the year – the Polar Plunge & 5K Fun Run/Walk! As you run or walk the beautiful 5K course, you’ll enjoy majestic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Chrissy Fields and Bay Area! Then cool off in the best way as you Plunge into the San Francisco Bay at Aquatic Park! Whether you Dash or Splash – you’re sure to have a great time – and all for our Special Olympics athletes!

San Francisco Polar Plunge & 5K Schedule:

8:30 a.m.: 5K fun run/walk registration opens
9:30 a.m.: 5K fun run/walk beings
10 a.m.: Polar Plunge registration and check-in opens (Don’t forget your signed release (click here to download) if you’re under the age of 18!)
11:30 a.m.: Costume contest begins (see below for categories!)
Noon: POLAR PLUNGE
1 p.m.: Post-Plunge party and awards

Polar Plunge & 5K Location:

The San Francisco Polar Plunge is happening at Aquatic Park near the intersection of Hyde and Jefferson Streets by Ghirardelli Square – click here for directions. The 5K fun run/walk registration and start line are in the Van Ness Avenue parking lot near Aquatic Park – click here for directions. Parking for the Plunge and 5K is very limited so public transportation is high recommended – click here for the MUNI schedule!

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What Are My Registration Options for the San Francisco Plunge and/or 5K Fun Run/Walk?

  • Plunge only: Raise a minimum of $125 and take the Plunge! You’ll receive a hooded Polar Plunge sweatshirt and free admittance to the post-Plunge festivities. We’ve got lots of tools to make raising the fundraising easy!
  • Plunge and Run/Walk: Participate in our 5K fun run/walk and then take the Polar Plunge! If you sign up before 12/31/14, there’s a $40 5K fee and then an additional $125 of Plunge fundraising. We’ve got lots of tools to make fundraising easy! You’ll receive a 5K t-shirt and once you hit that $125 fundraising mark, you’ll receive a hooded Polar Plunge sweatshirt and free admittance to the post-Plunge festivities. The 5K registration is $45 from 1/1/15-2/20/15 and $50 on the day-of the 5K.
  • Run/Walk only: Participate in our 5K fun run/walk! Sign up before 12/31/14 and registration is just $40! All runners receive a 5K t-shirt! The 5K registration is $45 from 1/1/15-2/20/15 and $50 on the day-of the 5K.
  • Chicken: Raise a minimum of $125 and you don’t have to Plunge! You’ll still receive a hooded Polar Plunge sweatshirt and free admittance to the post-Plunge festivities. We’ve got lots of tools to make raising the fundraising easy!

What Is the Polar Plunge?

It’s a party! The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, schools, and businesses to support Special Olympics athletes by jumping into winter-chilled waters! The wackier the costume, the better!  All funds raised benefit the more than 19,960 Special Olympics athletes in Northern California & Nevada!

When and Where Is the Plunge & Run?

5K Fun Run/Walk & Polar Plunge Schedule:

8: 30 a.m.: 5K fun run/walk registration opens

9:30 a.m.: 5K fun run/walk starts

10 a.m.: Polar Plunge registration opens

11:30 a.m.: Polar Plunge costume contest

Noon: Polar Plunge!

1 p.m.: Post-Plunge meal and awards

We suggest you arrive at least one hour prior to the 5K so you have time to park and check in and stretch!

5K and Plunge locations for your GPS:

Dash and Splash Registration: 3260 Van Ness Parking lot (next to Aquatic Park)

The Plunge Location: Aquatic Park, Beach Street and Hyde, San Francisco, CA 94133

Why Should I Plunge?

So that the Special Olympics athletes in your neighborhood can compete! Everyone deserves a chance at a happy and purposeful life. Yet people with intellectual disabilities can face doubt, barriers and low expectations. For many, Special Olympics is the only place where they find an opportunity to participate in their communities, develop belief in themselves, and feel like champions. Make athletes’ dream come true and have a blast at the Plunge!

Still have questions? Check out our Plunge FAQ page.

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