Gearing up for Polar Bear Plunge

BALTIMORE CITY - We'll hopefully get a break from the frigid temperatures before a brave few hit the water for a good cause.

Maryland State police are hosting the 18th annual Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, to benefit Special Olympics Maryland.

The Polar Bear Plunge is actually a multi-day event that kicks of on Friday, January 24th with the Super Plunge. That's when a team of 50 brave souls will enter the Chesapeake Bay at 10:00 a.m. - and stay in the water for 24 hours.

As they finally get out of the water, 10,000 people from across Maryland will strip down to the swim suits and plunge into the Bay at 11:00 a.m. Saturday.

On the 25th there will also be a Pee-Wee Plunge, where kids 8 and under can plunge into a kiddie pool full of water and ice cubes. That event also starts at 11:00 a.m.

Throughout the event PlungeFest will be going on - a free winter festival for plungers and spectators at Sandy Point State Park that includes games, a kid zone, costume contest, beer garden, live local bands and more.

Registration for the Polar Bear Plunge is now open, if you'd like to participate you can sign up at www.plungemd.com.   Participants must raise at least $50 in pledges.

Over the past 17 years the Polar Bear Plunge has raised more than $20 million for Special Olympics Maryland.

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