Polar Bear Plunge into the Chesapeake is Next Week, and Shovels are Needed

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Polar Bear Plunge, circa 2000 (via Md. Special Olympics)
Polar Bear Plunge, circa 2000 (via Md. Special Olympics)

catch of the day fish (2)The Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point is quickly becoming a tradition, and it seems the timing will be especially Arctic this year. The event is set to immediately follow Winter Storm Jonas, so organizers are making a special request.

The Jan. 30 event, where summery-dressed swimmers head into the Chesapeake Bay for a little winter wading, is a fundraiser for the Special Olympics of Maryland. Participants pledge $75 or more for the privilege of drinking in those icy waters in the shadow of the Bay Bridge.

But the cold swim still requires a clear path to the water. And if there’s a lot of snow left, that will make things more difficult. So the organizers are seeking volunteers willing to help with snow removal. They’re also asking for help with setup on Jan. 25-27 since the winter storm is likely to leave a tight window. Check out a survey on the Plunge website that helps gather info.

 



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