Polar Plunge 5K & 1 Mile

February 20 – 28, 2021

In memory of Dick Agnitsch

When & Where

Participate on your own time, anywhere from
February 20 – February 28, 2021

Virtual Events

Polar Plunge
1 Mile
– or –
Run AND Plunge!

Start Times

Participate on your own time
February 20 – February 28, 2021

2021 Polar Plunge 5K & 1 Mile Results

Support Special Olympics athletes by running and taking a chilling plunge this February.  The poplar Polar Plunge & Run has gone virtual for 2021.  You can run, walk, or plunge anytime, anywhere February 20 – February 28, 2021.  Or… run AND plunge!

The 2021 event is in memory of Dick Agnitsch, one of Special Olympics NHC’s longest standing committee member. Dick was a huge asset to Special Olympics, he volunteered in every capacity over 15 years and will be greatly missed.

5K & 1 Mile: Run/Walk anytime, anywhere.  To submit your finish time, click HERE and then on Submit Virtual Results.

The Plunge: Take a chilling plunge or toe-dip into the ocean, a river, or pool. Or, plunge in place in an ice tub.

Pictures: Take pictures for the Polar Plunge Facebook album!

Fundraising: The awesome Polar Plunge Fundraisers are the backbone of this event. Prizes are available for top fundraisers! Click HERE to become a fundraiser.

Teams: Get your team together for the 2021 Polar Plunge. Prizes are available for biggest teams and top team fundraisers.

About the Cause

Special Olympics New Hanover County provides year-round sports training, competition, social events, and Camp Shriver summer camp for people eight years of age and older with intellectual disabilities.

In New Hanover County, over 600 athletes participate in Special Olympics. Our program relies solely on private and corporate support as well as the efforts of over 300 volunteers to provide these services at no cost to the athletes or their families.

5K Awards
• Top 3 Overall, Male & Female

Team Awards
• Largest Team

Fundraising Awards
• Top 3 Highest Individual Fundraisers: Ages 17 & Under
• Top 3 Highest Individual Fundraisers: Ages 18 & Older
Highest Team Fundraisers


Race & Plunge Swag

SHIRTS: Will be guaranteed to participants who register by 11:59 PM on Monday, February 1, 2021. The shirts are available in Youth S-M and Adult Unisex S-XXL cut sizes, and are made of cotton. Be sure to claim your shirt today by registering!

MEDALS: All race participants will receive a Finisher Medal!

OTHER SWAG: Hoodies, long-sleeve shirts and beanies are also available for purchase HERE or during your registration!

Virtual Run 2021
You can run or walk anywhere February 20 – February 28, 2021.

Virtual Plunge 2021
Plunge in Place! Plunge (or toe-dip) anywhere – the ocean, river, pool, or even an ice bath!

Official 5K Course
Run Kure Beach from the boardwalk through neighborhoods and parks. This flat race course is a great opportunity to get a new Personal Record. The course is stroller, wheelchair and dog friendly.

Schedule & Parking Info

Packet Pickup

Friday, February 19, 2021

Fleet Feet Sports
1125 Military Cutoff Rd. D
Wilmington, NC 28405

4 PM – 6 PM

Race packets must be picked up at the packet pickup above, or can be mailed for an additional fee of $5.

Virtual Event

February 20 – 28, 2021

Run/Walk or Plunge anytime and anywhere!
If you would like to be listed in the Virtual Results, you must participate and submit your time by 11:59 PM on Sunday, February 28, 2021.

Race Day Parking

For the first time, you don’t need to worry about parking! The event has gone VIRTUAL for 2021.

Want to Sponsor the Event?

Questions About the Event?


One Event (Plunge, 5K, or 1 Mile)
Through January 31  —  $25

February 1 through February 19  —  $30
February 20 & February 28  —  $35

Two Events (Plunge AND 5K or 1 Mile)
Through January 31  —  $35
February 1 through February 19  —  $40
February 20 & February 28  —  $45

If you live out of town or would prefer to not attend the designated packet pickup,
you can have your packet mailed directly to you for an additional shipping fee of $5.


Title Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Contributing Sponsors


Waiver: The Registration Agreement & Liability Waiver is linked to the Online Registration. This must be selected and approved during registration.

Packet Pick-Up: Family or Friends may pick-up your Race Packet at Packet Pick-Up.

On-Site Registration: Registration is available starting one hour prior to race start. It closes 20 minutes prior to start.

Timing: Jaguar Bib Chip Timing will be used to time this race

Weather: This race is rain or shine. It will be postponed, rescheduled or cancelled if a severe weather warning is in effect.

Refunds: There are no refunds, registration will be accepted as a donation.

Entries are not transferable to other races Timed by Go Time as each race is organized by a different group.
We must stick to this policy as race items have been purchased based on current registrations and it is not fair to choose who receives a refund and who does not.