Polar Plunge and Donut Dash scheudled at SIU this Saturday

<p class="p1">The 2016 Carbondale Polar Plunge is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 27. Polar Plunge check-in is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and begins at noon. Donut Dash check-in is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and begins at 10 a.m.</p><p class="p1">The events will be at the SIU Recreation Center in Carbondale.</p><p class="p2">The funds raised from the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge and Donut Dash 5K will benefit Special Olympics Illinois Southern/Area 15, serving Special Olympics athletes with intellectual disabilities in 10 Southern Illinois counties.</p><p class="p2">People are encouraged to come in costume and to form teams. Each team member must also raise the minimum of $100 in donations; all team members’ individual fundraising totals will be merged to form a combined team total. Statewide, teams are placed into divisions based on size and are awarded prizes for the most money raised. In addition, there is a Cool School Challenge (for junior/senior high schools), Collegiate Cup (for universities and colleges) and a Corporate Challenge (for businesses).</p><p class="p2">Plungers can register for the Plunge at <a href="http://www.plungeillinois.com/">www.plungeillinois.com</a> and also create their own fundraising page<strong>,</strong> or they can register by contacting Linda Wunder at 618-457-2969. Last-minute Plungers and Dashers are welcome to register on site the morning of the Plunge.</p><p class="p3">Carbondale Plunge Sponsors include SIU Recreational Sports and Services, SIU Police Department, SIU American Marketing Association, Primo’s Pizza, Herrin Tigers, Williamson County Fire Rescue, Coca-Cola, Mayflower Trucking, Hyatt Community Team and WSILTV3 and River Radio of Southern Illinois.</p><p class="p2">Statewide Presenting Polar Plunge Sponsor is GEICO.</p><p class="p2">The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run is the single largest year-round fund-raising vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Illinois.  This intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals:  to raise money and increase public awareness for the athletes of Special Olympics. </p><p class="p2">Each year, more than 3,000 officers in Illinois run more than 1,500 miles carrying the Flame of Hope through the streets of their hometowns and deliver it to the State Summer Games in Normal in June.  Special Olympics Illinois is a year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics programs are now in more than 170 countries with 4.5 million athletes.­</p>

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