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  • Law Enforcement Torch Run

    Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Polar Plunge

    Law Enforcement Torch Run began in Wichita, Kansas, in 1981 when Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw a need to raise awareness of and funds for Special Olympics. He conceived the idea of the Torch Run as a way to involve local law enforcement with Special Olympics and local communities by running the torch in intra-state relays that converge at Summer Games.

    Now a global event, all 50 states and more than 30 foreign countries participate in Law Enforcement Torch Run. In Oregon, more than 1,500 law enforcement personnel from federal, military, state, county, and local agencies participate in the year-round Torch Run campaign.

    Law Enforcement Torch Run is a three-pronged year-round program:

    Adding much to the joy of Special Olympians, Torch Run Oregon volunteers participate in Awards and Games Ceremonies throughout the year at all Regional and State Competitions.

    In the summer, Torch Run Oregon volunteers and Special Olympians carry the Flame of Hope through more than 30 counties statewide. A Relay Celebration is held in the city hosting Summer Games to cheer on all the runners.

    Fundraising is done throughout the year to ensure Special Olympians can participate in the program free of charge. Funds are raised in many different ways, including: Polar Plunges, recruiting sponsors, T-shirt sales, Relay Pledges, Tip-a-Cops, the Harley Raffle, and Cops on Shops.  Funds raised by Torch Run support Local Programs and Regional & State Competitions so that athletes can take part in the sports that they love.


    • Strengthens the camaraderie of officers within the same agency and between different agencies in the state.
    • Benefits people in the local community.
    • Supports a well-respected charity in the local community.
    • Creates positive community relations.



  • Registration is OPEN!

    Registration is OPEN!
    Create your team or register today! We have a new site, ALL new and returning plungers will need to register as a new user for 2017. Once you've registered #BearChallenge your friends and rivals by Declaring your Dominance.

  • Take the BearChallenge

    Take the BearChallenge

    So you signed up to take the Polar Plunge... now what? BearChallenge your friends! Click here to learn more.

  • Too chicken to Plunge?

    Too Chicken to plunge?

    You can still make a positive impact by joining a team or raising money for Special Olympics Oregon. Register, and when it asks if you are a plunger or a chicken, give the honest answer.  Click here to learn more.

  • School challenge

    School Challenge

    Polar Plunge is a wild, zany and fun opportunity for you to support Special Olympics Oregon athletes by getting your friends and classmates to join you in your plunge into an icy Oregon body of water.                Click here to learn more             

  • Super Plunge!

    What is the Super Plunge? Over a 24 hour period, Super Plungers will take 24 icy dips (once every hour) in the height of winter. All Super Plungers will live in a heated shelter during this intense, fun and wild round-the-clock adventure.  Click here to learn more.

  • Special Olympics Oregon

    Special Olympics Oregon

    The Special Olympics Oregon mission is to provide year-round sports and athletic competitions in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other athletes and community. In Oregon, Click here to learn more.

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Partnering again with Lithia Motors, Inc.

Lithia Motors Inc. continues to generously support Special Olympics Oregon through their sponsorship of the 2017 Polar Plunge.

This sponsorship is an example of how Lithia Motors Inc. strives to provide an emphasis on employee volunteerism and community involvement. They seek to promote and enhance local youth development through efforts that allow for local support that positively impacts and improves the vitality of a healthy community.

With locations all over the state of Oregon, there is sure to be one near you.  They will be represented by their friendly and helpful staff at each of the five plunges.  Here are the dealerships who will be participating with plunge teams.  Be sure to thank them for their support of our over 13,000 Special Olympic Oregon participants.

Medford CJD
Grants Pass Dodge
Portland Buick GMC
Bend Chevy
Bend Honda
Mini of Portland
Salem VW
Medford Toyota
Portland Cadillac
Medford Honda
Salem Honda
Medford VW
Medford Nissan
Medford BMW
Eugene Dodge
Eugene Nissan
Springfield Toyota
Mercedes Benz of Portland
Oregon City Subaru

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Welcome Legacy Health and PacificSource

A big THANK YOU to our friends over at Legacy Health and PacificSource.  They are partnering with Special Olympics Oregon and the Polar Plunge as title sponsor of the Polar Plunge 5k Fun Run.  Through their generous support, thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities all over the state will have the opportunity for a happier and healthier life.
The Legacy Health PacificSource Polar Plunge 5k Fun Run is a great family friendly event.  A point-to-point course on the Marine Drive Trail along the beautiful Columbia River. The finish line is on Broughton Beach located at the Gleason Boat Ramp. Arrive just in time for the amazing Portland Polar Plunge activities, with lots of free food, hot beverages, and a Winter Beach Party with live music and much more.

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Burgerville supports Special Olympics Oregon this October

Burgerville locations across the region are partnering with Special Olympics Oregon to raise support and awareness for the 2017 Polar Plunge. October 17-31, 26 Burgerville restaurants from Corvallis to Vancouver are inviting customers to make $1 or $5 donations towards the Polar Plunge and hang a personalized icon in store.

Come February, Burgerville employees will be taking the Plunge in Oregon’s icy rivers, based on the funds raised in their store. Visit the participating Burgerville in your neighborhood to support Special Olympics Oregon and its 13,000 participants!

Burgerville is statewide sponsor of the 2017 Polar Plunge and long-time supporter of the Special Olympics Oregon Summer State Games.

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