Frequently Asked Questions


Below you will find frequently asked questions and answers about Tim's Rivershore Polar Plunge. If you have additional questions, please email Ellen Head, Director of Development, or call her at 703.359.4301.

What about shuttles and parking?
Parking at Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant is very limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parking also will be available at John Paul the Great High School (17700 Dominican Dr, Dumfries, VA 22026). This lot is about 2 miles away and is on the way to Tim’s Rivershore (just like the old satellite lot, if you've attended in year's past). There will be signage and staff to direct people and shuttles will be available from that lot to the Plunge from 10 am until after the plunge. Please add on an additional 20 minutes to your trip to accommodate any shuttle delays.  

Do you accept prize donations?

Many cool prizes are given away to plungers at the event.  If you or your business is interested in donating items to the Tim’s Rivershore Plunge, please complete the Plunge donation form (coming soon) or contact Ellen Head, 703.359.4301.

What happens if there is bad weather?
The Plunge will take place as long as it is safe for the plungers. If there is a change to the schedule, we will post the information on the homepage of the Polar Plunge Web site; you can also contact Ellen Head at 703.732.2211 on event day. There is no rain date. If we are forced to cancel, we hope you will still turn in your donations; you still will receive your incentive items.

What time is everything happening?

Registration and check in is from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Costume Contest begins at 1:45 p.m.

Costume Contest Winner is announced at 2:15 p.m.

Plunging begins at 2:30 p.m.

Prize Winner are announced at 3:30 p.m.


I registered online.  Do I still need to visit the registration table?

Yes, we still need you to check in at registration when you arrive so you can pick up your plunger number, hand in any offline donations and pick up your COOL incentives! 


I didn’t register online. Can I still plunge?

Of course! The more the merrier! You can register to plunge onsite at Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant from 10 am – 2 pm on plunge day.  All you need is a $100 minimum donation and a pair of closed toed shoes.


Do you accept corporate matching gifts?

Matching gifts from your company will be happily accepted and encouraged.  However, if you do not have the physical check on hand at the event or if it hasn’t been donated online, it cannot be counted toward our fundraising contest. The top individual fundraiser and the top fundraising team based on the money collected by 2 pm Saturday, Feb. 27 will receive the top prizes.


What do I need to bring with me to the plunge?

The minimum you need to participate in the Tim’s Rivershore Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Virginia is a $100 donation and a pair of closed toed shoes.  We do encourage bringing costumes, friends and family, and of course, additional donations!


Will there be a place for me to change after the plunge?

There will be warming tents on the beach with sectioned off changing areas for men and women.  There are also porta-potties onsite as well.

Tim's Rivershore Polar Plunge Festival is supported by: