Special Olympics Northern California (SONC) has announced that it will present the 2024 Greater Sacramento Polar Plunge & 5K Trail Run fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 10. The event will return to the waters of Folsom Lake once again, off the shore of Brown’s Ravine.

The Polar Plunge invites brave residents to take a chilly dip straight into the lake to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics. The family-friendly event will include entertainment, food and drinks, games, costumes and more. Participants must raise at least $125 to Plunge and earn a T-shirt and lunch. An optional 5K Trail Run will be held prior to the Plunge, adjacent to Folsom Lake, priced at $45 per person. The 5K is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and the Plunge festivities open at 10 a.m.


More than 250 participants raised $105,000+ at last year’s event. Proceeds support SONC to provide free year-round sports, health, schools and leadership programs for local children and adults with intellectual disabilities. 

More information is available at PlungeCA.com.


SONC is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities through inclusive sports, education, leadership, and health programs. The 501(c)3 nonprofit organization offers free year-round training and competition programs for more than 27,000 participants. On school campuses, SONC impacts more than 100,000 school-aged students by promoting inclusion through the Unified Champion Schools Program. SONC is also committed to improving the overall health and well-being of individuals with intellectual disabilities through health programs and leadership training.