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Hit the Beach: Rescheduled Polar Bear Plunge Set for Saturday

Celebrate the warmest day of the week by going to the beach as part of the Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics.

Special Olympics Maryland announced that the new plunge date will be March 8 at noon. (Photo by D. Frank Smith)
Special Olympics Maryland announced that the new plunge date will be March 8 at noon. (Photo by D. Frank Smith)

From a news release:

Another snowstorm and record-setting cold will seem a distant memory on the Polar Bear Plunge make-up day this weekend, predicted to be the warmest day of the week. 

The 2014 Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics has been rescheduled for this Saturday, March 8, at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis. The original Plunge set for Jan. 25 had to be postponed due to treacherous ice on the beach and dangerous, frostbite-inducing winds. 

Fortunately, the forecast predicts an outstanding weather day this Saturday, with temperatures in the 50s. For those concerned about getting the full Plunge experience, there is no need to worry. The Chesapeake Bay water temperature is still expected to be in the mid-30s. 

The Plunge has been rescheduled due to the many requests of dedicated people who just can’t make it another year without their Plunge fun. Special Olympics Maryland and the Plunge organizing team are happy to accommodate and appreciate the commitment of the thousands of people who return each year to participate. 

A kids/family plunge will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. General plunges will be held at noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. Participants will get a plunge meal and a commemorative sweatshirt, as well as the great feeling of knowing the money they raised will go to support year-round, free-of-charge, sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities who are a part of Special Olympics Maryland. 

Plungefest will be scaled back on Saturday, but there will still be live music and a number of vendors on-site. Those interested in plunging can still collect the minimum of $75 required to Plunge and can register at the park on Saturday. Shuttle service will be operating.

All the details can be found at www.plungemd.com

So why not stick a finger in the eye of Old Man Winter and show him you won’t be intimidated? Join thousands of others for a fun day in the warmest temperatures we’ve seen in a long time and help support a great cause. We hope to see you on the beach at Sandy Point this Saturday!


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