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Deschutes Brewery Brings Back Community Pints

Jan 12, 2018 •

Head to Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House every Tuesday in January. $1 from each pint sold benefits the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Oregon.

Thank you to Deschutes Brewery for their continued support of Special Olympics Oregon.  Not only do they help raise funds through their Community Pints program, they also bring out an awesome plunge team to join in the fun.



5k Fun Run & Walk

Nov 03, 2017 •

Register here for the 5k Fun Run and Walk!

Lace up your shoes for this exhilarating 5K race to support Special Olympics Oregon athletes. The route is a point-to-point course on the Marine Drive Trail along the beautiful Columbia River. The finish line is on Broughton Beach located at the Gleason Boat Ramp.

You will arrive just in time for Polar Plunge activities, presented by Fred Meyer, with free food, hot beverages, and a Winter Beach Party with live music and much more. Watch over 2,000 costume-clad folks take the Plunge for Special Olympics Oregon.,

Or, add a splash to your dash by signing up for the 5K Run & Plunge!


All 5K participants receive a finishers medal and free pair of cool Nike socks.

Run & Plunge racers also receive the official 2018 Polar Plunge long sleeve Nike shirt.

Medford Plunge gets New Name

Sep 29, 2017 •

Looking for the "Medford Plunge"?  It is now called Southern Oregon Polar Plunge.  Same great location, same cold water!  We hope to see all you fantastic Southern Oregonians out raising money and supporting your local Special Olympics Oregon athletes at the 2018 Southern Oregon Polar Plunge on February 17, 2018.

Fred Meyer,Welcome Back & Thank You!

Sep 29, 2017 •

2018 Polar Plunge presenting sponsor, Fred Meyer is instrumental in the success of the Polar Plunge. Through financial investment, in-kind incentives, marketing support, and employee engagement, Fred Meyer makes the Polar Plunge a company-wide endeavor. Special Olympics Oregon and the Law Enforcement Torch Run couldn’t ask for a more involved and engaged presenting sponsor. Thank you to Fred Meyer leadership and employees across the State for making Special Olympics Oregon and the Polar Plunge one of your community priorities.

Thank you!

Mar 31, 2017 •

 Thank you to Oregon Law Enforcement for their continued sponsorship and support of the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Oregon.

"Color Plunge" to Debut at Portland's Polar Plunge Feb. 25

Feb 17, 2017 •

The World's First Color Plunge Makes its Debut at the Portland Polar Plunge!

2017 is bringing some new (and colorful) events to the Polar Plunge! If running into the water doused in bright colors is something you're game for, then the COLOR PLUNGE is for you.

It will be the final plunge of the day so make sure when you pick up your goodie bag on site, you let them know you want to participate in the color plunge this year. Still want to plunge with your team? No problem! You can do both. Plunge with your team and then stay around to do the color plunge at the end. Two plunges for the price of one.

Here's what you need to know:

The ColorPlunge is the newest addition to the Oregon Law Enforcement Polar Plunge on February 25th on Broughton Beach presented by Fred Meyer to benefit  Special Olympics Oregon). 

The final group Plunge will be reserved for those Daffy Dippers who crave the ultimate in frozen FUN as we offer ANY Plunger the opportunity to get “tie dyed” on the beach pre-Plunge with a rainbow of neon colored powder thrown both by YOU the ColorPlunger and event powder “pros”!

If you would like to brighten up your Plunge experience – you simply need to say so when you check in.

THE Frozen FAQs!

How do I sign up to experience the ColorPlunge?
Let the volunteer know when you check-in on site.

What is the inspiration behind the ColorPlunge?
Portland is the first and ONLY Plunge event in the world to incorporate the color powder magic to a cold water event. It is inspired by several awesome running events and the festival of Holi – celebrated worldwide each year to herald the arrival of Spring!  Thumb your nose at icy on-ramps!

Can children participate?
On one condition, if you are prepared to be one of the hippest moms/dads on the planet!

How do I register to be a ColorPlunger?
You will receive an 8 ounce bag of neon powder upon registration. ColorPlungers will be given specific instructions  on the use of powder packs and Plunge logistics when you arrive at the Plunge.

How is the “color” administered Pre-Plunge?
For several minutes before our intrepid ColorPlungers  greet the icy Columbia – a full on powder BEACH BLITZ will occur, both by Plungers and volunteers, courtesy of our Plunge Powder Patrol!  This whacky crew has one goal in mind – to douse you in enough colorful powder to ensure you look like you ran thru a rainbow on your way to the river’s edge!

Tell me about this powder I’ll be “wearing” – is it safe?
The health & safety of our Plungers is the #1 concern of this event. The color powder used for the ColorPlunge is certified non-toxic and free of any “icky” stuff.  Made in the good ole U.S. of A. – the powder is simply a combination of food grade corn starch & dye, and baking soda.
As with any substance, you want to keep it out of your eyes, and while “sharing” your powder with fellow ColorPlungers, remember to aim below the neck!

OK – so you can basically eat the powder – but what are the KEY facts we should know about its magical effect on clothes, cars and relationships?
You want the arctic memories of your ColorPlunge to stay with you forever, but if you are concerned about making sure the color doesn’t stick around longer than you’d like, here are some helpful tips!

1. If you have light or highlighted hair and absolutely cannot afford any leftover color (a badge of accomplishment!) simply comb in either a small amount of olive or cocoanut oil, or a leave in conditioner pre-Plunge.  Every head of hair is different and will react differently to the color.  The vast majority of the powder will wash off during the Plunge – but if you need to insure color free hair hours after the Plunge – this is a good step.  Post Plunge – rinse out oil/ conditioner you applied with COLD water.  Now wash your hair as you normally would.  It is not uncommon for hints of some color, pink & purple particularly, to stick around for a few washes.  Wear it like a badge of honor.  Or wear a hat. Plan accordingly!

2. Eyewear (especially cheap swim goggles) are a good idea to keep any powder out of your peepers during the baptism of color.  As a reminder - please DO NOT throw powder into fellow ColorPlungers' faces (just their fish belly white tummys!).

3. Clothing – Though the powder will eventually wash out of just about everything – its not a great idea to Plunge in $500 running shoes or white suede board shorts. Basic rule of thumb – anything “powdered” you are wearing when you hit the water will permanently retain the glorious colors you sported upon entry.  Bottom line?  Choose a ColorPlunge costume (shoes to hat, with white cotton clothing being the best “canvas”) that you are psyched to sacrifice to this king sized tie dye project!

ColorPlunge Great Eight List:
*Grab Some Friends – the ColorPlunge is meant to be shared amongst like minded maniacs – freezing their fur off for a fantastic cause.  Start a team – it’s simply more fun to experience the BURRRR with your BFF’s (plus you’ll appreciate being with people that love you enough to tell you your teeth are green with pink spots).

*MMMM – Cornstarch is Yummy (NOT!) – Do yourself a favor, keep your mouth shut during color application - No “duh” right?  Though Technicolor Teeth are a hip accessory to your new tie dyed look – our powder, as safe as it is, don’t taste all that good.

*Pink Teeth- Bandanas are a great barrier to prevent “Open Mouth Syndrome” – and they make a great cleaning aid - post Plunge.

*Car Love - Protect your car.  Unless you are walking to the Plunge – you are probably gonna have to put your colored self back in your car at some point. An expendable towel or sheet will protect your chariot from “rainbow ruination”.

*Color Love -Though we love ALL our ColorPlungers equally – our powder seems to love some people MORE than others. Some colors – especially blue, want to party a bit longer than others – so just keep that in mind for the following day – don’t be confused if members of your church express concern that you are not getting enough oxygen to your lips!

*Wrap that Rascal - Waterproof cameras are safe from polar powder intrusion – BUT if you are intending on taking “dry land” photos before you consummate your ColorPlunge – it is important that you cover your phone/camera with a protective “dust wrap”. There are dozens of DIY wraps on the net – we strongly recommend you make one if your camera is not protected – the colorful powder particles are sneaky and the ColorPlunge is not liable for any damage that occurs!

*Help! – What if I have a super sweet question that isn’t answered here? Contact Plunge central by phone @ 503-248-0600 or by email plungeoregon@soor.org

*BE RIDICULOUS! – last but not least.  This is your chance to howl at the moon – wear a Tutu in February (the CLASSIC ColorPlunge fashion statement for both women AND men). Figure out a way to bedazzle your favorite Speedo and break out your gold sequined fanny pack. This is just one of those rare opportunities to part ways with your sanity in support of the most amazing athletes on the planet.

Partnering again with Lithia Motors, Inc.

Dec 30, 2016 •

Lithia Motors Inc. continues to generously support Special Olympics Oregon through their sponsorship of the 2017 Polar Plunge.

This sponsorship is an example of how Lithia Motors Inc. strives to provide an emphasis on employee volunteerism and community involvement. They seek to promote and enhance local youth development through efforts that allow for local support that positively impacts and improves the vitality of a healthy community.

With locations all over the state of Oregon, there is sure to be one near you.  They will be represented by their friendly and helpful staff at each of the five plunges.  Here are the dealerships who will be participating with plunge teams.  Be sure to thank them for their support of our over 13,000 Special Olympic Oregon participants.

Medford CJD
Grants Pass Dodge
Portland Buick GMC
Bend Chevy
Bend Honda
Mini of Portland
Salem VW
Medford Toyota
Portland Cadillac
Medford Honda
Salem Honda
Medford VW
Medford Nissan
Medford BMW
Eugene Dodge
Eugene Nissan
Springfield Toyota
Mercedes Benz of Portland
Oregon City Subaru

Welcome Legacy Health and PacificSource

Dec 12, 2016 •

A big THANK YOU to our friends over at Legacy Health and PacificSource.  They are partnering with Special Olympics Oregon and the Polar Plunge as title sponsor of the Polar Plunge 5k Fun Run.  Through their generous support, thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities all over the state will have the opportunity for a happier and healthier life.
The Legacy Health PacificSource Polar Plunge 5k Fun Run is a great family friendly event.  A point-to-point course on the Marine Drive Trail along the beautiful Columbia River. The finish line is on Broughton Beach located at the Gleason Boat Ramp. Arrive just in time for the amazing Portland Polar Plunge activities, with lots of free food, hot beverages, and a Winter Beach Party with live music and much more.

Thank You Les Schwab!

Jan 08, 2016 •

Shivery Schwabsicles

Les Schwab Tire Centers has been a longtime friend and partner of Special Olympics Oregon. The partnership spreads across the entire SOOR mission – from critical support of State Games to the presenting sponsor of the Respect Campaign to Polar Plunge! Their dedication to our mission is amazing and even extends to the Shivering Schwabsicles who have braved the Deschutes River since the very first Bend Polar Plunge!

We love Les Schwab! Next time you're in the market for tires or brakes, get them at Les Schwab and tell them how much you appreciate what they do for Special Olympics Oregon.

On Plunge Day, be sure to stop by and sign the Respect banner and pledge to show RESPECT to all


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