The 13th Annual Special Olympics Alaska Polar Plunge is expected to draw hundreds of people to Anchorage’s Goose Lake on Saturday, Dec. 18, but event organizers are discouraging in-person spectators due to COVID concerns.

Hundreds of hearty participants, however, are expected to be on hand to plunge into icy cold water with the aim of raising funds for sports and competition for Special Olympics athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Participants will plunge into the lake, non-stop, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration is open for individuals, organizations and businesses to team up and take the frigid dive. Unlike past years, however, event organizers want spectators to watch online rather than in-person.

“We are very thankful for the sponsors, donors, and participants that make this event possible every year and continue to support Alaska’s amazing Special Olympics athletes statewide,” said Sue Perles, Special Olympics Alaska President/CEO. “We have put together a COVID19 mitigation plan to promote a safe event for plungers and volunteers. We ask that plungers wear a mask while not plunging and arrive at their scheduled time. We are encouraging the public to tune in to the live stream, stay warm, and watch the event safely from home.”

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COVID-modified Polar Plunge to help Special Olympics Alaska is set for Dec. 18

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.