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Plungers get second chance for 2014 MSP Polar Bear Plunge

The 18th annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge, cancelled last month is back on for March 8, 2014, at the original location: Sandy Point State Park, according to James C. Schmutz, President and CEO of Special Olympics Maryland. In his press release Schmutz mentioned the extreme conditions that led to the decision to cancel the event for the first time in its 17 year history.

Conditions for the 18th annual MS Polar Bear Plunge Maryland are expected to be better in March than they were in January.
Conditions for the 18th annual MS Polar Bear Plunge Maryland are expected to be better in March than they were in January.
David L Jennings

High winds, low temperatures, gusting winds to 25 mph, three-foot waves and a buildup of ice and snow created the unsafe conditions which led to the decision to cancel. Schmutz stated he "understands the implications of cancelling an event of this magnitude for which people have planned months in advance to attend."

Thanks to the efforts of many the main plunging events only are back on for an 11:00 a.ml PeeWee/Family Plunge and open plunges at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Heated tents will be provided and parking passes issued for the January event will be honored. Logistics for the shuttle services is still being finalized.

Registration is still open at the MSP Polar Bear Plunge website. Updates will be published on the Polar Bear plunge site as well as the Special Olympics Maryland website.

Be a part of this Maryland tradition and plan on taking the plunge this March. Last year an estimated 25,000 plungers and spectators converged on Sandy Point State Park, Maryland for a quick dip in the Chesapeake Bay, or to watch those hearty souls that took the plunge (or maybe dipped their toes).