Take an icy dip in the Chesapeake Bay or just dip in your toes for the 2017 Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge.
The main plunge takes place Jan. 28 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis. Families can plunge at 11 a.m. before the main groups at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Anyone can participate but those younger than 18 need a parent or guardian signature.
The Cool Schools Plunge, Jan. 26 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., was designed to give schools an opportunity to participate in the MSP Polar Bear Plunge on their own day. The event is designed exclusively for school teams. Students from elementary, middle and high schools – both public and private – from all over Maryland will be hitting the beach showing off both their school spirit and their support of the thousands of Special Olympics Maryland athletes who will benefit from the event. Schools that are unable to participate on the 26th are invited come Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. for the smaller family and school plunge prior to the mass plunges. All school participants should register at www.coolschoolsmd.com and select which date they wish to plunge on their registration.
The Polar Bear Plunge benefits over 7,000 athletes around Maryland with intellectual disabilities. The event enables them to enjoy the benefits of participating in over 24 sports with Special Olympics Maryland.
Participants in the plunge must raise $75 and will receive a commemorative shirt and the chance to win prizes. Pee Wee and Family Plunge registration is a minimum of $50 in donations for those 12 and younger. Spectators are free. Those who raise more than $75 are eligible for special prizes.
Go to MSP Polar Bear Plunge website for details.