ROCKFORD – The Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge, a fundraiser for Special Olympics, will be at noon Saturday at Olson Lake in Rock Cut State Park, 7732 W. Lane Road, Loves Park.
Participants must raise at least $75, and may form teams and wear costumes. Teams are placed into divisions by size, and receive prizes for the most money raised. Proceeds will help Special Olympics in Illinois Northwestern/Area 1, which serves athletes in nine counties, including Lee, Whiteside, Ogle and Carroll counties.
To register, visit www.plungeillinois.com or call Debbie Kelly at 815-288-2939. Participants can create their own fundraiser page. Advance registration events will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Stables, 87 S. Galena Ave., Dixon, and from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Peak Sports Club, 4401 Peak Drive, Loves Park. Participants also can register Saturday at the lake. Visit www.soill.org for directions to the lake.
Check-in begins at 10 a.m. After the plunge, there is a party at the park, with a lunch that is free for participants and $5 for others.
Each participant will receive an official sweatshirt. Grand prizes will be awarded, such as a 4-night trip for two adults to Cancun, Mexico, with accommodations at Riu Peninsula. For every $500 raised, a participant will get an entry into the drawing.