Location and Check In

Not registered online? Walk-up registration will be taken at the Pre-Plunge and Day-Of Check In events.

Plunge Time
Plunge begins at 10:30 a.m.

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

Pre-Plunge Check In
Thursday, March 1 &
Friday, March 2
4 – 6:30 p.m.
Thomas Beach, Lake Calhoun
Thomas Ave S and W Calhoun Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN
map and directions

Day-Of Plunge Check In
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Thomas Beach, Lake Calhoun
Thomas Ave S and W Calhoun Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN
map and directions


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Group Challenges

Other Activities

Frozen Friday
Cool School Plunge
Corporate Hour
Executive Challenge
Plunge 5K
Pee Wee Plunge
Super Plunge
Plunge Auction
Freezer Jam


U.S. Bank Polar Plunge Forecast

 Find a Participant
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Check out volunteer opportunities for this event!


Event photos will be posted to our Flickr and Facebook pages as we receive them. We are fortunate to have wonderful volunteer photographers for our events, and it typically takes a few weeks until we receive and post photos so please stay tuned.

Time Slots

You may sign up for a Plunge time at Pre-Plunge Check In or Day of Plunge Check In. The general timeline for Plunging is as follows:

10:30 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies
11 a.m. – Law Enforcement Plunge Groups
11:15 a.m. – Sponsor Plunge Groups
Noon – 3 p.m. – General Public

Times will be given out every 20 minutes. Time slots are first come, first serve and are used to keep the flow of Plungers moving. All those on a Plunge team will be given the same Plunge time. A team captain can sign up the entire team for a Plunge time slot, but remember that all team members need to check in (if your team captain hasn’t checked you in) at Pre-Plunge Check In or Day-Of Plunge Check In.

Parking and Shuttles

Shuttles will run continuously the day of the event and are available for free to all participants AND spectators. Shuttles are available at the following locations and times.  Please note, times vary for each location.

Cowboy Slim’s Uptown
(picks up across the street)
1430 Lagoon Ave, Minneapolis
10 a.m. through End of Plunge (approx. 4 p.m.)
map and directions

Lake Calhoun Center
3033 Excelsior Boulevard, Minneapolis
7 – 7:45 a.m., 8:45 a.m. through End of Plunge (approx. 4 p.m.)
map and directions

Cowboy Jack’s Downtown
126 N 5th St, Minneapolis
Noon through End of Plunge (approx. 4 p.m.)
map and directions

Burrito Loco
418 13th Ave SE, Minneapolis
One time pick up at 1 p.m. with approx. return at 2:30 p.m.
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What to Expect

The Minneapolis Plunge is a fun-filled day of activities with something for everyone! Throughout the day we’ll have live entertainment at our Plunge stage, fire pits with free s’mores sponsored by Walser, blow-up igloos featuring free coffee and merchandise sales, a Pee Wee tent full of kids’ activities and a DJ, food trucks, warming tents and more!

Additional Events

There are tons of additional activities going on throughout the two-day Minneapolis Plunge. Be sure to check out all of the ways to get involved!

Want to volunteer? Opportunities are posted on the Special Olympics Minnesota website.


Don’t miss out on the fun Friday night when we’ll have fireworks following the Executive Challenge! Come to the Plunge site or watch throughout the Calhoun neighborhoods!

Special Thanks

Hennepin County Sheriff’s Deputy Association
Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and Dive Team
Metro Transit Police Department
Minneapolis Park Police Department
Minneapolis Parks and Recreation
Minneapolis Police Department
Minneapolis Police Federation
Republic Services
University of Minnesota Police Department



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Past Plunge Results

2017 – 5,000 Plungers raised $959,181
2016 – 4,833 Plungers raised $1,054,799
2015 – 4,462 Plungers raised $1,066,127
2014 – 5,050 Plungers raised $1,282,433
2013 – 4,563 Plungers raised $1,120,232