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Published January 11, 2023

Annual Polar Bear Plunge set for February 25

LAKE OF THE OZARKS - The 2023 Polar Plunge will take place at the Lake of the Ozarks State Park on February 25, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.

“This ‘unbearable’ event is a unique opportunity to show your bravery as you support local Special Olympics athletes by walking, running or crawling into the frigid winter waters that Missouri has to offer,” according to Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO).

Participants must be at least 10 years old and raise a minimum of $75 each by event day (every member on a team must raise the $75 minimum).

According to SOMO, the 2022 Lake of the Ozarks Plunge had 265 plungers and raised more than $92,600.

The event will take place at the Grand Glaize Beach, 711 Public Beach Rd, Osage Beach, MO

The theme this year is Disco.

People can also participate in the rare (or crazy) Super Plunges.
Super Plungers plunge 24 times in 24 hours. These participants must also raise a minimum of $75 by event time.

Don’t want to plunge but still want to support Special Olympics? Then you can do the “Polar Bear Strut.”
The 5k event can be done by running, walking, roll or strut through the cold winter air.

The 2023 Polar Plunge Bear Strut will also take place Saturday, February 25, 2023 at the
Grand Glaize Beach in Osage Beach. All Strutters must raise a minimum of $50 by event day.

For more information or to register to be a participant, or just to donate go to SOMO’s website at

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