Polar Plunge 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

Kure Beach, NC
February 23

When & Where

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Kure Beach Boardwalk
105 Atlantic Ave.
Kure Beach, NC 28449


5K  –  TIMED
1 Mile  –  UNTIMED

Start Times

1:30 PM  –  5K & 1 Mile Start
3:05 PM  –  Polar Plunge

2019 Special Olympics Polar Plunge 5K Results

Help support local Special Olympics athletes by participating in the 5K, 1 Mile walk or by taking a chilling plunge into the Atlantic Ocean. Run for a great cause on a certified 5K course open to all ages and skill levels. Race participants will not be required to plunge, but are encouraged to heat up with the run/walk and cool down with the Polar Plunge – because some people are just worth freezing for!

Live music, vendors, food trucks and games make this a one-of-a-kind special event not to be missed!

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
• Top 3 in Age Groups, Male & Female:
9 & Under, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, & 60+

Other Awards
• Costume Contest
• Highest Fundraiser


Race Swag

 Race Shirts will be guaranteed to participants who register by 11:59 PM on Friday, February 1st, 2019. 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 Finishers & Plungers will receive a Medal!

Run around Kure Beach from the boardwalk and through neighborhoods and parks. This flat race course is a great opportunity to get a new Personal Record!

This race is also stroller & wheelchair friendly!

Schedule & Parking Info

Friday, February 22, 2019

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

4 PM – 6 PM – Packet Pickup

If you cannot make it, packets can also be picked up at the Race when Registration Opens. Please allow enough extra time before the race starts to pickup your packet.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Kure Beach Boardwalk
105 Atlantic Ave.
Kure Beach, NC 28449

11:00 AM  –  Registration Opens
1:00 PM  –  Registration Closes
1:30 PM  –  5K & 1 Mile Races Start
2:30 PM  –  Awards
3:05 PM  –  Polar Plunge

Race Day Parking

Parking is available first come first serve at Public Parking spots along Kure Beach streets.

Want to Volunteer or Sponsor?

Questions About the Event?


5K Race (Does NOT Include Plunge)
Through January 31   $30

February 1 through February 22   $35
Race Day: February 23   $40

1 Mile Fun Run (Does NOT Include Plunge)
Through Race Day  — $30

Polar Plunge
Combo: 5K or 1 Mile AND Plunge — $65
Plunge ONLY — $50
Plunge ONLY with Pooch — $55

*** Opt Out of T-Shirt = $5 Discount with code NOSHIRT (Valid through 1/31/19) ***


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.