Anyone who’s anyone: Polar Bear Plunge

13 Dec

Joe Flacco, starting quarterback for the Ravens. © Special Olympics Maryland

I know what you’re thinking: January is just around the corner and I’d really like to take a dip in the Chesapeake Bay. Well, you’re in luck! The 15th annual Polar Bear Plunge is being held on Saturday, January 29. In its history, over 55,000 masochists have participated. And it’s not just a plunge—which takes all of 10 seconds—but rather an all-day event with a festival before and after as well as live entertainment and a polar bear pageant.

The event takes place at Sandy Point State Park in Anne Arundel County (about an hour’s drive from DC). Each registrant must raise at least $50, and the money goes to support Maryland’s Special Olympics. There are prizes for those who raise a lot of money, as well as a coveted prize for best costume. You and your friends can also register as a team. And you might find yourself plunging with some celebrities: Past plungers have included Ravens and Orioles players as well as the cast of Hot Tub Time Machine.

In the past parking has been an issue, but if you don’t get a space in the lottery for parking at Sandy Point, not to worry as there will be a shuttle running from several other parking lots.

In the last 14 years, this event has raised $16.1 million dollars for Special Olympic athletes. It’s a good cause, a well-organized event and something you can brag about to your coworkers. I actually wasn’t planning on signing up, but I think I’ve actually convinced myself to after writing this post. Hope to see you there!

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