The Polar Bear Plunges for Special Olympics New Jersey are fundraising events in which participants pledge $100 or more to take a brazen romp into the chilly waters of the Atlantic Ocean in the middle of Winter. Crazy? We think so. And we know lots of folks who agree ... and who still take the Plunge for Special Olympics New Jersey year after year.
Whether you're the type who jumps into cold water or someone who inches in, with two choices of locations, we have a winter Plunge for you.
Celebrating its return to Seaside Heights on February 21, 2015, the Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside looks forward to surpassing the record year of 2012 when over 5,900 people braved the cold and enjoyed the day at this Jersey Shore's iconic boardwalk.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the Plunge scheduled for 1 p.m.
Radio station NJ 101.5's Big Joe Henry, "the Voice of the Plunge" broadcasts live from the site of the Plunge, with interviews, updates and a countdown to Plunge you won't want to miss.
Taking place on February 21, 2015 in Seaside Heights, the new Cool School Challenge is the coolest event on the beach. Earn your bragging rights by participating in this school group challenge. The school who raises the most money will be crowned "Coolest School" and take home the Cool School Challenge trophy. Is your school cool?
The Polar Bear Plunge at Wildwood will take place January 17, 2015 at The Wildwoods Convention Center. Complete with (warm) indoor facilities for registration and changing, the Wildwood Plunge has grown in popularity each of the previous eight years.
Both Plunges are sponsored by the Law Enforcement Torch Run, a volunteer effort by the Law Enforcement community of New Jersey to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics New Jersey. The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey raised more than $3 million in 2014.