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Polar Plunges in Maryland and Virginia

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Polar Plunges in Maryland and Virginia © Special Olympics Maryland

Polar Plunges have gotten really popular in recent years and many events are being held each winter around the capital region. Thousands of adventurous individuals volunteer to take a dip in the frigid waters of the Potomac River, the Chesapeake Bay or the Atlantic Ocean in the height of winter. Here’s a guide to the polar plunges in Maryland and Virginia.

North Beach Polar Bear Plunge
January 1, 2014. The beach community has an annual tradition of kicking off the New Year with revelers taking a quick dip, splash or swim in the frigid Chesapeake Bay. Participants receive a certificate and t-shirt.

Maryland Polar Bear Plunge
January 25, 2014. Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, Maryland. The charity event, sponsored by the Maryland State Police, supports the Special Olympics. Thousands of participants of all ages take a dip in the wintry waters of the Chesapeake Bay. In addition to the Plunges, attendees enjoy a full-day winter festival featuring the Robert Andrews Salon & Spa, the Carnival FunFest tent with games, Astro Events Kids Zone, the Rams Head Ice Lodge and Beer Garden, food and other displays.

2014 Keep Winter Cold Polar Bear Plunge
January 25, 2014. The Beach at National Harbor, Maryland. The annual event is the Chesapeake Climate Action Network's priority annual grassroots fundraiser to combat climate change and move the capital region off of fossil fuels and to clean energy. Participants take a quick dip into the icy Potomac River.

Virginia Beach Polar Plunge Winter Festival
February 7-8, 2014. Virginia Beach, VA. The annual event is Special Olympics Virginia’s largest fundraiser. Individuals and teams, alongside Special Olympics athletes, take the plunge into Virginia Beach's icy Atlantic Ocean. The festival includes family friendly activities including the Friday Night Plunge Party, Saturday’s 5K, the Pee Wee Plunge for kids 10 and under, and the Saturday Night Beach Bash.

Freezin’ For a Reason Virginia Polar Dip
February 1, 2014. (Waterfront) - 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, VA. Individuals in crazy costumes and creative flair will take a chilly full plunge or a “Chicken Dip” – to raise funds for Camp Sunshine, a national year-round retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The event will be emceed by Mix 107.3 radio personality Chilli Amar. Spectators are welcome to attend and cheer for the plungers.

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