About the 2021 Virtual Virginia Polar Dip & Dash

Event Name: 2021 Virtual Virginia Polar Dip & Dash
When: February 6, 2021-February 14, 2021
Where: Virtual - Wherever you are located! 

Event History

The Virginia Polar Dip was started by the Toth family in 2008 after a long history with Camp Sunshine. They first attended Camp Sunshine as a participating family in 1996 when their daughter Jennifer was a cancer patient at age 3, and they have returned as volunteers every summer since. After Jennifer participated in a Camp Sunshine Polar Dip in New Jersey, her family decided to bring the event to Virginia in order to help more local families.

Virtual Polar Dip Rules

How can you participate in a polar dip virtually? We suggest you consider one of the following or create your own challenge:

  • Walk outside and dip your toes in the snow
  • Bathing suit snow angels or go for a swim in the snow
  • Have a "winter" water balloon fight (make sure the balloons haven't frozen)
  • Fill up a kiddie pool and go for a dip (be careful getting in and out)
  • Run through your sprinklers or get sprayed by a hose

Get creative with your virtual polar dip ideas, but please be safe, use caution, and be mindful and realistic about your surroundings, abilities and capabilities. 

Camp Sunshine discourages the use of bodies of water such as ponds, lakes, rivers, or the ocean.

Sharing your virtual polar dip photos with Camp is encouraged, but not required. Dress up, play “cold themed” songs while participating and have fun! Sign up as an individual or create a team and show your support for Camp this winter!

Virtual 5K Dash Rules 

Once you register, you will participate in the Virtual Polar Dip portion of the virtual event anytime between February 6-February 14, 2021.

If you choose to participate in the Dash portion of this event, you can run, walk, roll, ski, ice skate, snowshoe, etc. your Virtual 5K at your own pace at a location of your choosing anytime between February 6-February 14, 2021. Your virtual 5K race must be completed within that timeframe in order to receive your finisher's medal by mail.

To show you have completed your race, track your miles, please fill out this google form and attach screenshots of your work out(s) or email your screenshots to events@campsunshine.org. Just for fun: 5K dash participants can download a customizable bib or a bib to color in for a unique photo prop (your images might be featured on Camp Sunshine's social media)!

Your finisher's medal and all fundraising incentives will be mailed following the event. (There are many free apps you can choose such as Map My Walk, Map My Run, etc, screen shots from other activity trackers like FitBit and Apple Watch are also acceptable.) Please fill out the form or email screenshots of your completed mileage to events@campsunshine.org by February 28, 2021.

Medals and other fundraising incentives will be ordered and mailed to participants who have completed their challenge after the event has concluded.

Only individuals who have officially signed up through this platform and agreed to the terms and conditions outlined in the event waiver will be considered participants of this event.