Maryland Polar Bear Plunge: Jump Into the Chesapeake for a Great Cause

Are you brave enough to jump into the freezing cold water of the Chesapeake in January? Every year, about 10,000 people do just that to help raise funds for Special Olympics Maryland, which puts on athletic events for individuals with intellectual and physical abilities.

Now in its 24th year, the Maryland Polar Bear Plunge, which runs from Jan. 23 to 25, begins with smaller plunges for local groups — including schools, first responders, and corporate teams. The main public event on Jan. 25 includes three different plunges, all led by Special Olympics athletes. By taking part, you’ll be joining in on a beloved local tradition, contributing to a good cause, and having some fun while you’re at it. After you get a rush from your plunge, you’ll be able to warm up and enjoy entertainment in the “ice lodge,” which will have cocktails, hot chocolate, food, and musical performances all day long. Spectators are warmly welcomed — you don’t have to plunge to take part in the fun!

The minimum fundraising requirement for the plunge is $75 and registration is open now.

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