Polar Bear Plunge 2023

Register for the 5th Annual Polar Bear Plunge!

Online registrations will close at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023
In-person registrations will be accepted until 10 a.m. on the day of the event.
PLEASE NOTE: The deadline to register to be guaranteed a T-shirt is 4 p.m. on January 26, 2023.

Hosted by the Albany VFW, and WSEO 107.7
When:
Feb. 4, 2023 
Time: Each team or individual will be assigned a time
Where:
Lake Snowden, Albany, Ohio

What is the Polar Bear Plunge?
This is an event held during the winter when participants enter a body of water (despite the low temperature) in an effort to raise awareness and funds for a charitable cause or organization.

Who organizes the Polar Bear Plunge?
This event is hosted each year by the Albany VFW Post 9893, along with the WSEO 107.7 radio station.

What is the charitable cause or organization?
At this time, the proceeds from the event this year will go to the students of Beacon School (a part of the Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities).

How does it work?
Participants pledge their sponsoring amount, and then show up on the day of the event ready to take their official plunge.

What precautions will be in place in response to COVID-19?
With the Athens City-County Health Department’s approval, organizers will be assigning each individual/team a specific time for their plunge. Every registrant must provide a telephone number so that arrangements can be made ahead of time.

Polar Bear Hats will be on sale on the day of the event (just $10.00 each).

Tips to make your plunge more fun:
• Wear loose-fitting clothes that are easy to remove – your fingers may be numb after exiting the water.
• You will be exiting the water quickly, so do not wear anything that will be heavy when wet.
• Bring a robe, blanket, towel or jacket to wear while you are waiting to plunge.
• You must wear shoes – the ground will be freezing.
• Bring extra towels to dry off.
• Bring loose fitting clothes to change into after the plunge.
• Plunge with friends – it is more fun, especially if you create a crazy costume.
• Remember to smile – photographers will be taking your picture.

What’s new this year?
For the first time this year, organizers will be selling Polar Bear Hats (pictured at right) for just $10.00. Also, Specialty Hot Dog Truck, owned by Dan Harlett, will be at Lake Snowden offering free coffee and hot cocoa, with all other items for purchase.

Organizers will be assigning each individual/team a specific time for their plunge. Every registrant must provide a telephone number so that arrangements can be made ahead of time.

RegisterDonate / Pledge




Advanced In-Person Registration At:
• Any Hocking Valley Bank location (by check only or via online payment, which is accessible above)
• WSEO 107.7 radio station

The deadline to register to be guaranteed a T-shirt is 4 p.m. on January 26, 2023.

Have questions? Contact Brian Johnson at (740) 856-9404.
Checks can be made out to VFW POST 9893.


If the event is canceled due to issues related to health and safety concerns, please know that donations will not be refunded. We appreciate your participation in this event and supporting the youth of Athens County.

Would you like to sponsor this event? If so, download the 2023 Polar Bear Plunge Donors Request form.