The heart and soul of Special Olympics Oregon begins in the hometowns of our athletes. While SOOR is rebuilding a sustainable organization that will provide Olympic-type year-round sports and athletic competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities for decades to come, we had to make the difficult, but responsible decision to temporarily suspend regional and state competitions.

However, our mission continues to live in communities across the state as our athletes train and engage with their friends and teammates, which is being funded through locally-raised dollars. Your participation and fundraising for Polar Plunge directly impacts athlete experiences at this local level, as $25 from every plunger goes directly to the Local Program in the plunger’s community!

The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support Special Olympics Oregon athletes by jumping, walking or slowly crawling into the frigid and icy Oregon waters. The event is open to the public, and all spectators are welcome free of charge. The best way to plunge is with a team! Get your friends, family members, co-workers and boss to take the plunge with you. Plus, there are some major incentives for those who raise the most money!

Every participant must raise a minimum of $50 for the privilege of taking a wintry dip in an icy body of water and will receive a commemorative t-shirt and a bowl of soup, plus bragging rights!

Get the thrill without the chill....register for Too Chicken to Plunge!

For more information or if you have any questions regarding the Bend Polar Plunge, please contact us at bendplunge@soor.org.

Event Details:

FRIDAY, 2/8

     - 4pm - 7pm - Pre Event Check-In @ TBD


SATURDAY, 2/9

     - 8:30am - 10:45am- Polar Plunge On-Site Check-In and Registration
     - 10:30am - Costume Contest
     - 11am - Opening Ceremonies and Polar Plunge!