Take the Plunge for Special Olympics

As those of us on the East Coast are still digging out from the weekend snowstorm, I keep thinking at least it didn’t happen next weekend. The 18th Annual Polar Plunge is on Saturday, Feb. 6th at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

It's quiet now, but the beach will be packed for the 18th Annual Polar Plunge.

It’s quiet now, but the beach will be packed for the 18th Annual Polar Plunge.

One of the most popular fundraisers for Virginia Special Olympics, organizers are hoping to surpass last year’s 3,200 plungers raising more than $800,000. Some of CM’s own are participating. A few are running into the chilly Atlantic, while others (like me) are helping out as sponsors. Polar Plungers must have a minimum of $100 to participate. Overall, $4.7 million has been raised by about 26,000 brave souls since it first began.

The event kicks off at 10 a.m. between 6th and 9th Streets at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. The actual plunge is at 2:30 p.m. There are prizes for the best costumes and largest group. It’s fun to watch and those who go always seem to have a great time.

The weather should be a little warmer next weekend for the big event. We’re expecting rain instead of snow.  The water temperature today is all of 51.3 degrees. Not much hope it will warm up by Saturday, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

If you cannot participate, consider sponsoring someone who is, or send a donation to your local Special Olympics. It’s a worthy cause.

For details, check out the official Polar Plunge website.

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  • I’ll participate in MS Walk and Bike MS. I also caddy for the Special Olympics Golf Event at VB NAtional. Not brave enough for Polar Plunge.

  • MJ

    That sounds great, Jim. We did have a couple brave souls go to the event in the snow. There were 2,636 participants. They raised over $870,000 and counting. Best of luck on your events and thanks for reading!