16 February 2018

Montreal, February 16, 2018 – Tomorrow, Saturday, February 17, more than 35 teams of police officers, politicians, managers and employees of corporate partners, volunteers and SOQ athletes will leap into the St. Lawrence River’s icy waters at the Lachine Canoe Club to raise funds for Special Olympics Québec athletes.

All teams are invited to dress up in costumes to make their jump a memorable moment and a source of entertainment for all those who’ll be onsite to cheer them on. The event is organized by the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which rallies police services from across Quebec and aims to raise more than $50,000 through participation fees and donations.

The event will begin at 1 p.m., with the first jumps into the river’s frigid waters happening quickly thereafter. Spectacular entertainment is guaranteed for the whole family, and a prize will be awarded to the person or team wearing the best costume.

What:              Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Québec

Who:               Welcome addresses

Maja Vodanovic, Borough Mayor

Director of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR)

Police officers

Executives of SOQ partners

When:            Saturday, February 17, 2018

Welcome and registration as of noon

Start of the Polar Bear Plunge – 1 p.m.

Where:          Lachine Canoe Club, 2105 Saint-Joseph Boulevard


Heated facilities and hot broth, donated by Caisse Desjardins des policiers et policières, will be available so that participants can change and recover from their experience. Each participant will receive a Polar Bear Plunge inspired souvenir. Food, hot drinks and promotional items will also be available at the venue.

About Special Olympics Québec

Special Olympics Québec offers year-round training programs and a competition network throughout Quebec to more than 7,200 athletes with intellectual disabilities aged 2 and over. Sports programs in 17 disciplines, as well as athlete health and development programs, aim to improve fitness, confidence and self-esteem and create more inclusive communities.

About the Torch Run

Worldwide, the Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest annual fundraiser for Special Olympics and promotes and educates the general public about the cause of people living with intellectual disabilities.


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