2024 Santa Cruz Polar Plunge supporting Special Olympics Northern California
2024 Santa Cruz Polar Plunge

About 2024 Santa Cruz Polar Plunge

The Santa Cruz Polar Plunge returns to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk!

Support Special Olympics NorCal at the Santa Cruz Polar Plunge on Saturday, March 2, at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

The Plunge is not a swim: it's a party and you're invited!  We'll have music, a raffle with cool prizes, games and other festivities. Plungers can jump into the water all the way, just dip in and out, or stay completely dry and still enjoy the experience. Every Plunger must raise a minimum of $125 and will receive a Polar Plunge T-shirt and lunch. Cool School participants must raise a minimum of $50 to Plunge but must raise a minimum of $125 to earn the T-shirt and lunch.  Additional fundraising is encouraged and incentives can be earned.  

Take advantage of the Early "Bear" Special and register by December 31, 2023, to avoid the Polar Plunge $25 Registration fee.

Be bold and get cold for our amazing Special Olympics athletes! Register today and make a difference for thousands of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. 


Starts at:  March 2, 2024 12:00 PM
Ends at:  March 2, 2024 3:30 PM


Aloha Terrace Group Picnic Area
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach St.
Santa Cruz,CA 95060 USA


Brrizzly the Polar Plunge Bear

Why Participate?

Your participation will directly support our inclusive sports, health, schools and leadership programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Through Special Olympics, our athletes build friendships, overcome obstacles and are empowered to realize their full potential. Success on the field leads to more opportunities in daily life as the community learns about the unique abilities and contributions of our athletes. All Special Olympics programs are provided at no cost to the athletes and their families thanks to your support.

What can you Expect?

The Polar Plunge is an iconic tradition in Special Olympics in which brave supporters take a chilly winter dip to show their dedication for our athletes. Our Plunge is a family event and costumes are encouraged! You'll have a blast and feel good knowing that the funds you raise will help us change lives.  

Thanks to our generous sponsors