Making Waves for a Cause --The 29th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Polar Plunge and Polar Bear Strut 5k

Dated: January 31 2024

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2024 Polar Plunge + 5K Polar Bear Strut


As winter winds down and the icy chill begins to thaw, the Lake of the Ozarks is set to host a heartwarming event that brings together the community for a great cause. The 29th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Polar Plunge and Polar Bear Strut 5K, happening on Saturday, February 24th, promises a day of fun, excitement, and a splash of tropical flair – all while supporting the Special Olympics of Missouri.


Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 24th, as this year's Polar Plunge takes on a Hawaiian twist! Participants and spectators alike are encouraged to embrace the warmth of the tropics, with Hawaiian-themed costumes and decorations transforming the Lake of the Ozarks State Park at the Grand Glaize Beach into a tropical paradise.

  • Time: The festivities kick off at 9 am with registration, welcoming participants and latecomers alike.
  • Age Limit: This event is open to those aged 10 and older, inviting families, friends, and individuals to join in the celebration of giving back.
  • Location: Grand Glaize Beach at the Lake of the Ozarks State Park will be the epicenter of the day's activities, providing a picturesque backdrop for the plunge and strut.

Polar Bear Strut 5K

Start Time: Lace up your running shoes at 10 am for the Polar Bear Strut 5K, a scenic run/walk along the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks.

Scenic Route: Participants will enjoy breathtaking views of the lake as they traverse the 5K course, all while donning their best Hawaiian-inspired attire.

If you'd like to register for the chilly 5k, Click HERE to secure your spot and stride for a cause.


Polar Plunge 

  • Start Time: At 2 pm, the main event begins with the Polar Plunge, where brave individuals will take a chilly dip into the frigid waters of the Lake of the Ozarks.
  • Fundraising Impact: Last year's event made a significant impact, raising over $280,000 for the Special Olympics of Missouri. This year aims to surpass that milestone, with the community coming together to support this worthy cause.
  • Warm Welcome: For those spontaneous plungers or last-minute participants, day-of registration is welcome. The event organizers are ready to accommodate everyone looking to make a splash for charity.

Pee Wee Plunge

For the littlest members of our community, the Pee Wee Plunge adds a touch of adorable excitement to the 29th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Polar Plunge and Polar Bear Strut 5K. Open to those aged 9 and younger, this pint-sized plunge allows our youngest supporters to join in the fun while making a meaningful contribution to the Special Olympics of Missouri.

Event Details:

  • Age Limit: Kids aged 9 and younger are invited to take part in the Pee Wee Plunge, ensuring that even the smallest members of our community can make a big impact.
  • Registration Fee: $25 registration fee opens the door for these little plungers to participate in the joyous event. This fee not only secures their spot in the Pee Wee Plunge but also includes a commemorative T-shirt, ensuring that every participant leaves with a tangible reminder of their icy adventure.

The 29th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Polar Plunge and Polar Bear Strut 5K promises to be a day filled with laughter, camaraderie, and the satisfaction of making a difference. As participants take the plunge and stride along the lakeside, they not only brave the cold but also warm the hearts of those benefiting from the funds raised for the Special Olympics of Missouri. So, gather your Hawaiian gear, rally your friends and family, and join in the festivities for a day of fun and philanthropy at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Ready to Make a Splash or Support the Cause? Register or Donate Now! Click Here to Join the Fun and Contribute to the Special Olympics of Missouri.

Photos courtesy of Missouri Polar Plunge

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