Polar Bear Plunge 2024

Register for the 6th Annual Polar Bear Plunge!

Hosted by the Albany VFW, and WSEO 107.7
Feb. 10, 2024 
Time: Each team or individual will be assigned a time
Lake Snowden, Albany, Ohio

Online registrations will close at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024
In-person registrations will be accepted until 11 a.m. on the day of the event.
PLEASE NOTE: The deadline to register to be guaranteed a T-shirt is 1 p.m. on January 31, 2024.

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.

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.

Back by popular demand!
For the second time, 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.

Online Registration & Hat Purchases

The ability to register online or to purchase hats in advance has closed. As noted above, in-person registrations will be accepted until 11 a.m. on the day of the event. Hats can also be purchased in-person on the day of the event.

RegisterDonate / PledgePolar Bear Hat
This feature has closed
This feature has closedThis feature has closed
(after successful payment, registrants will be asked to provide names and shirt sizes)

Advanced In-Person Registration At:
• VFW Post 9893 located at 3025 Dickson Rd, Albany
• WSEO 107.7 radio station
• Athens County Board of DD / Beacon School located at 801 W. Union Street, Athens

The deadline to register to be guaranteed a T-shirt is 1 p.m. on January 31, 2024.

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 2024 Polar Bear Plunge Donors Request form.