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ENGLEWOOD - The Special Olympics Polar Plunge is back! On Feb. 22 at City Park and on March 8 at Aurora Reservoir people can plunge into icy cold water to raise funds for Coloradans with intellectual disabilities.

This season's flagship event is a "Splash & Dash" and will be hosted in the heart of Denver's City Park. The Splash & Dash on Saturday, Feb. 22, kicks off at Noon with the 5K, followed by the Polar Plunge at 1 p.m. The event includes a beer garden (featuring Dry Dock, Great Divide, Lone Tree, and Renegade Brewing Companies) live music, food vendors, and interactive booths for people of all ages. Participants (21 and older) will receive a free beer and have the option to purchase additional beverages on-site.

Polar Plunge participants must raise a minimum of $75 for Special Olympics to take the Plunge ($50 for students) and have the opportunity take a quick dip into a reservoir or pool. Each Plunger will receive a long sleeve T-shirt for their participation and generous support for Special Olympics. Great incentives and prizes are awarded for higher fundraising levels.

Additionally, fundraising contests throughout Plunge season have given participants the opportunity to win tickets to sporting events and comedy shows, gift cards and more. The 5K run requires an additional $35 registration fee ($40 day-of registration) and participants will receive a beanie.

Also slated for Feb. 22 is the Cool Schools Challenge (at Denver's City Park), which will be held 8 a.m. - Noon and includes a 5K Walk/Run for Respect and a Polar Plunge. Local schools are encouraged to register for the Cool Schools option.

The Polar Plunge Series is supported by the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics, volunteers and sponsors. For more information and to register, visit www.SpecialOlympicsCO.org.

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