Looking for a cool way to beat the winter blues? Switch off your treadmill and head outside for the fourth annual Plunge 5K! This family-friendly walk/run is a great way to embrace the chilly weather, boost your energy level, and warm your heart by supporting more than 8,000 Special Olympics Minnesota athletes. You’ll even receive a rad shirt for your efforts!

USATF – Certified Course #MN11024RR

5K Location

Thomas Beach, Lake Calhoun
Thomas Ave S and W Calhoun Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN
map and directions


Early bird (until Jan. 1, 2015): $25
Jan. 1-March 6, 2015: $30
Walk-up (March 7, 2015): $35

Packet Pick-Up Options

Thursday, March 5 or
Friday, March 6, 2015
time TBD
5K location

Manual Registration

To manually register for the Plunge 5K, fill out the paper registration form and mail in your entry to the address located on the bottom of the form.


Megan Powell

Group Challenges

Other Activities

Minneapolis Plunge
Pee Wee Plunge
Frozen Friday


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Parking and Shuttle

A free shuttle will be provided to all Plungers and spectators starting at 6:30 am on Saturday from:

Lake Calhoun Executive Center
3033 Excelsior Blvd
Minneapolis, MN
map and directions

Dash and Splash

If you’re looking for a more extreme form of exhilaration, consider adding a little “splash” to your “dash!” This means you will walk/run the 5K and then Plunge into Lake Calhoun. Participants plunging into the frigid waters must raise a minimum of $75. This is completely separate from the 5K fee.

Remember, if you want to dash and splash, you must register for the Plunge 5K and the Minneapolis Plunge, which are two separate events and registrations.

Plunging for 5K participants will be open following the run. Exact times to be announced.