Western Kentucky Polar Plunge & 5K

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A plunging bear on the left and a running bear on the right with "Western Kentucky Polar Plunge & Polar 5k" in the middle above a Special Olympics Kentucky logo

2024 Western Kentucky Polar Plunge and Polar 5k 
March 2, 2024

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
113 Administration Dr.
Gilbertsville, KY

Raise at least $75 to Plunge, $50 for Junior Plungers.

Sign Up Online Now!

See photos from the 2023 Plunge and Polar 5k

For information about the 2024 Western Kentucky Polar Plunge,
contact Laura Miller at 270-293-9054 or [email protected].

Five women hold hands as they walk back out of the lake at the 2023 Western Kentucky Polar Plunge.______________________________

The Polar Plunge is the Chill of a Lifetime! Join us for the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics.
Raise a minimum of $75 (or $50 for Polar Bears under 18) and take the Plunge! Join us for a HUGE day of winter fun! Run one of the state’s most beautiful 5k courses or take a chilly dip in Kentucky Lake, or do both! This year you can take your Plunge from the docks or run into the water from the beach. Prizes for the top individual fundraiser and for the top fundraising teams in corporate/civic, school and law enforcement divisions. There are also prizes for the best individual and group costumes.

The Western Kentucky Plunge offers many ways for you to take part. You can run in the annual Polar 5k, take the traditional Plunge from the docks into the lake or run in from the shore. If you’re REALLY adventurous you can take part in the Triple Crown Challenge and do all three!

Can’t plunge, but still want to support Special Olympics? No problem. Register for the Personal Plunge. You get a Plunge T-shirt and are eligible for all other fundraising awards.

Regardless of which option you choose, you’ll be Freezin’ for a Reason!


A pack of runners on a path above the rocks that line the lake early in the 2023 Polar 5k.For more on how you can get involved in the Western Kentucky Polar Plunge or for sponsorship information, contact Laura Miller at 270-293-9054 or [email protected].

2023 Western Kentucky Polar Plunge Awards

Top Fundraiser — Virginia Hawthorne, Progress Rail; $3,698 raised
2nd Leading Fundraiser — Dan Otterson, The Garage Crew; $1,810 raised
3rd Leading Fundraiser — Jessica Chiri Craw, Blooms Below Zero; $1,364.13 raised
Top Personal Plunger Fundraiser — Chuck Williams, Murray Rockets; $8,580 raised

Top Special Olympics Athlete Fundraiser Colin Poyner, Murray Rockets; $542 raised

Top Fundraising Corporate/Community/Civic Division Team — Murray Rockets; $11,841 raised
Top Fundraising School Division Team — Murray Independent Icebreakers; $6,228.55

Best Group Costume Murray Rockets
Best Individual Costume Banana

Event Sponsors

Host Sponsors

Kentucky Unbridled Spirit Kentucky State Parks

Gold Sponsors

The Garage Murray Electric Subway

Media Partners


5k Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Growing Wild McDonald's
Murray/Calloway Transit Progress Rail Regions Bank Tanager Productions

Bronze Sponsors

Dixon Farm Equipment Edward Jones FNB
Hutson Ag Imes Funeral Home Murray Bank Saputo
Signet Federal Credit Union