Over 700 "plungers" took to the beaches of Wildwood, NJ to participate in the annual Polar Bear Plunge. As always the 2013 Polar Bear Plunge benefits Special Olympics. Photos and Video by PHL17.

PHOTOS & VIDEO: 2013 Polar Bear Plunge Wildwood

Polar Bear Plungers racing into the Atlantic Ocean on January 19th.

Over 900 “plungers” took to the beaches of Wildwood, NJ to participate in the annual Polar Bear Plunge.  As always, the 2013 Polar Bear Plunge benefited Special Olympics.  Considering how cold it can be in January in NJ, it could have been worse for the participants, temperatures hit the mid 40s and water temp was a cool 45 degrees, although wind gusts of up to 20mph reminded everyone it was in fact winter. While there are many polar plunges of this kind nationwide, Wildwood is one of the biggest in terms of participation and funds raised for Special Olympics.  (Wildwood Polar Bear Plunge photos below.)

Polar plunging is a social event and great for tailgate and plunger watching.  As you can see from the photos, the Wildwood Polar Bear Plunge can be a team sport and organizers encourage teams of 10 or more.    A team from Mantua, NJ brought a full size polar bear attached to their car, other teams dressed as Avengers or other super heroes, some dressed as Mummers– but my favorite team was the team below that consisted of a family that was plunging for a member of their family deployed in Afghanistan.  (Thank you Team SSgt Jenkins and thank you SSgt Jenkins!).

With the 7th Annual Wildwood Polar Bear Plunge in the books, the event has now surpassed the one million dollar mark in funds raised for Special Olympics.  Each participant is required to raise $100 dollars and each team is required to raise $1000.

For more information regarding the Special Olympics Wildwoods’ Polar Bear Plunge please call 609-896-8000 or visit http://www.njpolarplunge.org.  For more information regarding the Special Olympics New Jersey please visit http://www.sonj.org. For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit http://www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.

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