Plunge Festival:

9:00am - 2pm

Fees:

$50 minimum donation

Free to spectators

Free parking – Gold Lot 1

Pittsburgh Polar Plunge

The 2018 Pittsburgh Polar Plunge will be held on Saturday, February 24th at Heinz Field - RAIN OR SHINE. #PghPolarPlunge

An Important Update from the Pittsburgh Polar Plunge

Due to flooding, participants will be plunging in pools as opposed to the river this year. The Plunge will take place on our Pool City Patio on Art Rooney Avenue, outside of Heinz Field.

Hosting the Plunge in the river this year would not be safe for our plungers, and the safety of our participants is our number one priority.

Take a look below for the answers to some of the other Plunge related question you might have with respect to this change:

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE PLUNGE?

We’re a GO! A little bit of rain isn’t going to hold us back from hosting a plunge for our athletes. We’re lucky that we already have some structures in place to move plunge town and will be setting up additional features for the event.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE REGISTERED?

Congratulations to everyone. This is the LARGEST POLAR PLUNGE ON RECORD. Over 1,000 people have committed to taking the plunge for Special Olympics this year; we're humbled and grateful for the support!

WHERE ARE WE PLUNGING?

Thanks to our wonderful partners at Pool City, we will have two pools set up on Art Rooney Way for guests to plunge in.

POOLS? CAN I SHOW OFF MY CANNONBALL?

Save those fancy moves for the summer. We will be asking that plungers walk in and out of the water. Mostly for safety concerns but those big splashes cause a lot of water to leave the pool.

WHAT TIME WILL THE EVENT START?

The event will continue as planned. We will begin the Super Plunge at 7 am on Art Rooney Way, and then open the regular Plunge registration in the tent at 9 am. Guests can cheer on the Super Plungers, mingle in and out of the activities and certainly enjoy the food provided by Pitt Ohio, Smith’s Hot Dogs and Sam’s Club.

We will start the program on the main stage at 11 am where we will acknowledge our sponsors, super plungers, flame award winner and of course, Zachary Williams, our athlete Ambassador who will help kick off the 2018 Pittsburgh Polar Plunge.

WHAT ELSE WILL BE HAPPENING? ARE YOU CANCELLING ANYTHING ELSE?

Absolutely not... You were going to get wet anyway – just make sure to bring your rain hat! We will have the vendors, games and other fun things happening inside the tents where you can take cover until your plunge.

WILL WE HAVE CHANGING TENTS?

Yes! Changing tents will be available on Art Rooney Ave.

We hope that this covers some of your initial questions "swimming" through your head. Certainly, we will keep everyone updated and are looking forward to seeing you all there on Saturday morning.

Thank you all for your continued support of the Special Olympics athletes and their families. This is why we are "Freezin' for a Reason" after all!

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