Special Olympics Colorado has put out the call to fans of freezing temperatures to sign up for the 2023 Polar Plunge, set for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 15 at Boardwalk Park, 100 N. Fifth St., Windsor.

The annual event, hosted by Westerra Credit Union and sponsored by Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply, gives community members of all ages the option to participate in a 5K run/walk, plunge into the chilly water of Lake Windsor or for those weekend warriors, take part in both events.

The annual Polar Plunge series raises money for nearly 16,000 Special Olympics Colorado athletes. Funds raised from the events across the state help the organization provide sports, education and leadership programs to athletes for free.

“Polar Plunges are a vital part of our organization. They allow us to support our athletes throughout the year,” said Megan Scremin, Special Olympics Colorado president and CEO. “Together with our awesome sponsors and the community, we are excited to make a bigger splash than ever with the 2023 Polar Plunge season.”

Programs provided by Special Olympics of Colorado greatly impact and enhance the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing them with tools to build their confidence and self-esteem.

All ages of adults and kids are encouraged to form teams to participate in the event. Team themes and costumes are highly encouraged. Individuals can also participate in the run/walk and plunge.

To participate in the plunge part of the event, each adult on a team must raise at least $80 with students or Special Olympics Colorado athletes needing to raise at least $50 each. Plungers will receive a long-sleeve t-shirt and access to event vendors providing free food and swag.

For folks only participating in the 5K run/walk, they will need to raise a minimum of $35 per person and will receive a pair of mittens as well as access to event vendors, free food and swag.

Those wanting to go the extra mile and participate in both the 5K run/walk and plunge will need to raise a minimum of $115 per adult and $70 per student or Special Olympics Colorado athlete.

And if you’re not interested in running, walking or freezing, you can still make a donation to the organization and come watch the fun.

Of course, the more money raised the better, so start your fundraising efforts early.

An After Splash Bash presented by Smile Generation is scheduled to take place from noon to 4 p.m. at Peculiar Ales, 301 Main St.

For more information on the Special Olympics Colorado 2023 Polar Plunge and 5K Run/Walk, as well as volunteer opportunities, how to make a donation and other information, go to www.specialolympicsco.org .

This article was originally published in Greeley Tribune