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What To Know Before You Go: Polar Bear Plunge 2018

Jan 18, 2018 04:00PM ● By Nicole Gould
Are you brave enough to take a dip into the 30-degree bay? Come find out and celebrate 22 years of the “coolest” Maryland tradition at Sandy Point State Park.

The Basics

Date and time: There will be three different plunges. The Cool Schools Plunge will take place on Thursday, January 25th, the Police and Corporate Plunge on Friday, January 26th, and the Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, January 27th. 

Time: 10 a.m. for the Cool Schools Plunge, 2 p.m. for the Police and Corporate Plunge, and 11 a.m. for the Polar Bear Plunge

Location: Sandy Point State Park, located at 1100 E College Parkway in Annapolis


The Details

What can guests expect? 

More than 10,000 people from across the state will plunge into the chilly Chesapeake Bay at Sandy Point State Park raising money for Special Olympics Maryland. This Plungefest is more than jumping into cold water. There will be live music, a VIP suite, activities for all ages, and the satisfaction of freezing your fur off to benefit a great cause.

What about parking? 

If you are participating in the Polar Bear Plunge, parking passes can be purchased for $25–35. However, these passes are limited to the first 150 purchasers. If you miss out on a parking pass, no worries! 

Beginning at 8 a.m., a free Polar Express Shuttle System will transport passengers to Sandy Point State Park from Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Anne Arundel Community College, and Kent Island High School. Park your car at one of these locations, and use the shuttle to get to and from the park. The shuttle will run until 5 p.m.

If you are participating in the Cool Schools or Police and Corporate Plunge, there is no need to purchase a parking pass.

Are tickets still available? 

Yes, you can still register for the event! Participants are required to pay or pledge a minimum of $75, but are encouraged to fundraise more. You can register for any of the three plunges 

The dress code? 

Bundle up with coats and hats while you wait to take the plunge! But, once it’s time, break out your Maryland pride with bathing suites, t-shirts, or anything you feel comfortable in. Plungers are free to dress up in costume or anyway they’d like while support SOM! Don’t forget a towel to bundle up in once you’ve finished the plunge … you won’t regret it! 

Where do the proceeds go? 

All proceeds support the 7,549 athletes of Special Olympics Maryland.