Registration is open for Special Olympics Sun Run & Solar Plunge June 5

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Special Olympics Wisconsin has opened registration for the social distancing-friendly Sun Run & Solar Plunge fundraiser, scheduled for June 5 at Black River Beach in La Crosse.

The event features a 5K run/walk, kids dash, food and socially distant activities. The cost is $35 for individuals or $120 for teams of four. Children four and under are free.

Participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt with registration, and have the chance to earn additional Sun Run & Solar Plunge gear like a medal, baseball cap, towel or cooler by raising additional funds to support the athletes of Special Olympics Wisconsin.

For those who want to show their support for the athletes of Special Olympics Wisconsin in a “cooler” way, the Sun Run & Solar Plunge also includes an optional plunging experience. This also gives people who missed plunging into chilly water this winter due to the COVID-related changes to the Polar Plunge a chance to make up for it.

The organization has also added a virtual option for the 5K, letting fans to join in and show their support for Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes from anywhere.

Donations raised in the Sun Run & Solar Plunge will support more than 9,000 Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes across the state who compete year-round in 19 Olympic-style sports. The pandemic has canceled many events over the past year but fitness programming and select sports competitions continue to take place in creative, safe and often virtual ways.

Special Olympics Wisconsin also provides critical healthcare to their athletes through its cutting-edge Healthy Athletes programming, while leadership trainings and collaborations with schools around the state help to build positive attitudes toward people with intellectual disabilities and create more inclusive schools and communities.

Visit to register.