Maryland Polar Bear Plunge Rescheduled for March

By Bridgett Lynn
|  Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014  |  Updated 2:03 PM EDT
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Polar Bear Plunge to Benefit Special Olympics Goes on Despite Cold

What would make groups of corporate workers jump into Chesapeake Bay during these freezing conditions? The Special Olympics. Friday was the annual Maryland Polar Bear Plunge in Annapolis. News4's Zachary Kiesch talked to a few participants about their teeth-chattering experience.

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One Polar Bear Plunge in the D.C. area went on Saturday, despite temperatures so cold that another Plunge was cancelled.
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The tough souls who volunteer to run into icy water (for a good cause, that is) will get their chance to do just that in a couple months.

Organizers of the 18th Annual Maryland Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point Park announced Tuesday the event has been rescheduled to March 8.

The plunge was supposed to be held last Saturday, but was postponed because of bitter cold temperatures and high winds.

In a statement, the organizers said, "A combination of high winds gusting up to 25 mph has created three-foot waves. Combined with freezing temperatures, this has created a large buildup of snow and ice on the shore resulting in unsafe conditions for Plungers."

This year's plunge was on track to raise $1.8 million for Special Olympics Maryland, short of its $2.5 million goal. 

The plunge may not be as exciting, but the weather should be safer for the thousands of participants in March when the temperature is expected to be between 38 to 57 degrees.

The event will be a plunge only environment with the PeeWee/Family Plunge at 11 a.m. and open plunges at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Food and heated changing tents will be provided, and parking passes from Saturday can be used at the rescheduled event.

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