Why Polar Plunge?

When so many people dress up is some of the most imaginable outfits possible and queue up to jump slide into  ice water on a day where the thermometer is reading less than WARM, you can’t help but ask yourself WHY?


WHY would someone choose to expose themselves to such great discomfort?  The elements are one thing, the aftershock of hitting that water and then climbing out onto a ladder and exiting the pool as you run 500 feet to change into something warm, is another.


And that reason is the over 2500 Special Olympics athletes in Nova Scotia that are enrolled in Special Olympics programs.  For the athletes, and their families, Special Olympics is not just sport.  It is the one constant they know will always be present in an uncertain world.  A constant where you can relate to peers and your child is accepted unconditionally.  Where everyone can relax and feel at ease in all conditions.

Prize winners - best costumes

The very first year,  the Nova Scotia Law Enforcement Torch Run (NSLETR) wanted to do something to help further the efforts of Special Olympics in Nova Scotia.  Thanks to the dedicated efforts of the NSLETR Zone 1 members and local support, on March 4th 2017 we executed the 1st Annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Nova Scotia. With our dedicated plungers, we now raise an average of $20,000 annually for Special Olympics Nova Scotia.

Special thanks to each and every plunger who helps us make Polar Plunge a success.  If you have a chance to see an athlete compete, excel, achieve, or just smile…know you are the reason WHY.


We hope to see you all next year.

NSLETR Polar Plunge returns March 28th

The ever popular Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Nova Scotia  returns on March 28th, 2020.


Join us at Parade Square in Halifax for that amazing twin-slide into a pool of frosty water, more great prizes and costumes sure to delight.  Registration will be open soon, but for now….mark March 28th on your calendars. Plan to be a part of the nation’s largest growing Polar Plunge with your local LETR for a great charity – Special Olympics. #freezinforareason