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Polar Bear Plunge
When the temperatures drop, the Polar Bears Plunge!

Welcome to the Plunge Zone

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.

Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside

Seaside Plunge logoCelebrating 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.

Cool School Challenge at Seaside

Cool School Challenge at Seaside logo

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?

Polar Bear Plunge at Wildwood

Wildwood Plunge logo

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.

Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey

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.


Total Donations
Seaside Plunge
$ 1,657,743
Wildwood Plunge
$ 348,532

2015 Seaside Team Leaders
Little Silver Crocs
$ 78,985
CAT Crew
$ 39,913
NJKofC Polar Penguins
$ 34,966
$ 26,310
JR's Chilly Willies
$ 25,188

2015 Seaside Individual Leaders
Laverty, Michael
$ 29,017
Tobin, Brian
$ 7,993
Williams, Peter
$ 7,745
De Lorenzi, David
$ 7,240
Zaninelli, Todd
$ 7,048

2015 Wildwood Team Leaders
Salem County FOP Lodge 6
$ 37,662
Piggy Park Plungers
$ 37,289
American Legion Post 184
$ 34,925
Cape May County Police & Fire
$ 20,787
$ 15,152

2015 Wildwood Individual Leaders
Evangelista, gary
$ 4,580
Mcdonald, Leslie
$ 2,805
Leash, Robert
$ 2,625
Smith, Spencer
$ 2,615
Debree, Tim
$ 1,900
Thanks to
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Law Enforcement Torch Run
New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association
New Jersey Fraternal Order of Police
Aerotek, a Platinum Partner
Seaside Heights
New Jersey 101.5, Proud to be New Jersey