Wenatchee’s Winter Beach Party is Back

Special Olympics Washington’s annual Polar Plunge returns to Walla Walla State Park with costume contests and beach games to celebrate the launch of Winter State Games.

The Special Olympics Washington Polar Plunge, on Friday, March 3, is a Wenatchee tradition. The annual event brings together supporters throughout the area to Get Cold for a Cause. The 2023 installment of this Winter Beach Party is expanding to offer something for everyone. Partygoers can show up to plunge or participate in the festivities and cheer others on. Attendees can expect a full-on beach party with costume contests and beach games to celebrate the launch of Special Olympics Washington’s Winter State Games. Individual and team registrants are encouraged to raise donations in support of Special Olympics Washington athletes. As they raise funds, they can also earn prizes including airline vouchers and Papa John’s gift cards for the top individual and team fundraisers.

The Polar Plunge campaign kicks off the year strong by raising funds that directly go to providing athletes with year-round opportunities to train and compete, as well as receive free health screenings and leadership training. Proceeds from the event ensure that over 7,500 Washington children and adults with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities have the opportunity to participate at no cost to them.

On Friday, March 3, festivities kick off at 1 p.m. at Walla Walla State Park. The costume contest will begin at 2:30 p.m., with winners awarded based on crowd response. Polar plunging starts at 3 p.m., with soup and hot chocolate stations after to warm up.

The 2023 Polar Plunge in Wenatchee is made possible through the support of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Campaign for Special Olympics Washington and Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. For more information, and to register, visit PolarPlungeWA.com.

About Special Olympics Washington: Special Olympics Washington provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for more than 7,500 children and adults with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. For more information, please visit SpecialOlympicsWashington.org.


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