Donate to the Special Olympics NHC

When & Where

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Ocean Front Park & Pavilion
105 Atlantic Ave
Kure Beach, NC  28449


5K Run  –  TIMED
1 Mile Fun Run/Walk  –  UNTIMED
Plunge  –  UNTIMED

Start Times

1:30 PM  –  5K & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk Race Start
3:05 PM  –  Polar Plunge

All participants in the 5K will receive a Finisher Medal!

Help support local Special Olympics athletes by participating in the 5K, 1 Mile walk or by taking a chilling plunge into the Atlantic Ocean. 100% of the money raised goes directly to support Special Olympics New Hanover County. The Polar Plunge takes place February 17, 2018 at the Kure Beach Boardwalk by the pier. We encourage race participants to dress up. Live music, food vendors, raffle and silent auction, and car show 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 Finishers
•Top 3 Male & Female in Age Groups:
12 and under, 13-19, 20-35, 36-54, 55+
All 5K & 1 Mile participants will receive a Finisher Medal!

Top Fundraiser Awards
•Top Fundraising Individual
•Top Fundraising Team with 5-19 Plungers
•Top Fundraising Team with 20+ Plungers

Costume Contest
•Best Individual Costume Kids 16 Years and Younger
•Best Individual Costume Age 17+
•Best Team Costume less than 10 People
•Best Team Costume More than 10 People

Race Swag

Participants who register by Friday, February 9, 2017 will be guaranteed a Race Shirt. The shirts are available in Youth XS-L and Adult Unisex S-XXXL cut sizes, and are made of Cotton. All 5K, 1 Mile and Plungers get a shirt.

 Be sure to claim your sweet Race Swag today!

Fun through the flat, quiet streets of Kure Beach in cool weather. This race is a great opportunity to get a new Personal Record!

1 Mile Course Map

Schedule & Parking Info


Friday, February 16, 2018

4:00 PM  –  7:00 PM  –  Packet Pickup & Registration

Omega Sports at Hanover Center
3501 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Ocean Front Park & Pavilion
105 Atlantic Ave
Kure Beach, NC  28449

11:00 AM  –  Registration Opens
12:00 PM  –  Costume Contest, Raffle, Silent Auction, Car Show, Live Music
1:00 PM  –  Registration Closes
1:30 PM  – 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk Starts
2:30 PM  –  Awards (Time Approximate)
3:05 PM  –  Polar Plunge


Parking is available first come first serve and participants may park in the Public parking along Kure Beach streets.

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Additional Information

This event is a Family Fun event that provides something for all ages! Participants can expect music, costumes of all sorts, food trucks, a car show, raffle, silent auction and a POLAR PLUNGE. Bring your whole family – they don’t want to miss this!

Want to Donate to the Special Olympics NHC?

Raise or donate:
• $100-199 receive a t-shirt and a towel
• $200-699 receive a t-shirt, towel, and sweatshirt
• $700-1000 all of the above plus a free hotel room at Carolina Beach Courtyard Marriott for 2/16/18

Or feel free just to donate any amount!

Have Questions About the Event, Want to Volunteer or Sponsor?


Event Pricing

Early Bird: Now through February 1   $30
February 2 through February 16   $35
Race Day   $40

1 Mile Run/Walk
Early Bird: Now through February 1   $30
February 2 through February 16   $35
Race Day   $40

Plunge Only:
Now through Race Day   $50

Plunge with Pooch
Now through Race Day   $55

Combo (5K or Fun Run/Walk and Plunge)
Now through Race Day   $65

* Students and teachers who are plunging get a $20 DISCOUNT, use Promo Code EDU  *

*Teams of 10 or more people receive a $5 DISCOUNT but are encouraged to raise more! Use Promo Code TEAM *



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.

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.


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