The Area IX Special Olympics will host the Polar Plunge and the Polar Bear Walk and Run Saturday, Jan. 27, in Regional Park at the waterfront amphitheater. Registration for the walk/run will begin at 9 a.m. with the race beginning at 9:30 a.m.


Area IX is adding a 10K for more serious runners. Trophies will be awarded to the 10K and 5K overall winners male and female. Medals will be awarded to age groups winners male and female. The age groups are under 14, 15–19, 20–29, 30–39, 40–49, 50–59, 60 and over.


Early race packets may be picked up at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center Wellness Center in Pine Bluff on Jan. 24 from 5-6:30 p.m. and at the White Hall JRMC Wellness Center on Jan. 25 at 8 a.m. All participants will receive a long sleeve T-shirt. The fee for all participants is $25. Registration will be available at 9 a.m. on race day.


Registration for all plungers will be at 1 p.m. at the waterfront amphitheater. The plunge fee is $50 for each participant. A costume contest will be held at 1:30 p.m. The plunge will begin at 2 p.m. Awards will be given to individuals and teams winning the costume contest and to individuals and teams raising the most money for Special Olympics.


Anyone interested in either of the events should call Travis Chisom at 870-489-3881.