Special Olympics to hold a second Polar Bear Plunge in bay

February 05, 2005|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

For those who missed last weekend's organized plunge into the frigid waters of the Chesapeake Bay, the Maryland Special Olympics is offering swimmers a second chance.

At 2 p.m. Feb. 12 the charity will hold Polar Bear Plunge Part II at Sandy Point State Park. The second swim was organized to accommodate those absent from the first fund-raiser because of traffic jams or a limited supply of shuttle buses, said spokeswoman Kelley Wallace.

"We had a transportation glitch last weekend," Wallace said. "We heard the reports of people who turned around and went home because of traffic, and we didn't want those people to feel they were left out in the cold."

Wallace said that, like the first swim - which drew 2,700 participants - Polar Bear Plunge Part II will offer complimentary food to participants.

"Even if two people show up, we're going to feed them," Wallace said. "We let people down, and we want to make it up to them."

Last weekend's event raised a record $625,000 for the Special Olympics and drew a record number of participants and spectators.

To participate in Polar Bear Plunge Part II, register by 5 p.m. Tuesday by calling 410-789-6677 ext. 122 or e-mailing kmcdevitt@ somd.org.

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