Taking the annual plunge


Anne Arundel County through the eyes of Sun photographers

February 01, 2006

The air temperature was in the 60s - and the water temperature was in the 30s - for the 10th annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday at Sandy Point State Park just north of the Bay Bridge. Sunshine and distinctly non-January weather helped draw a record crowd of 8,000 spectators and 4,000 plungers, who raised more than $1 million for the Maryland Special Olympics. The event attracted charitable daredevils from throughout Maryland and a few surrounding states, including high-profile plungers Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, Ravens defensive coach Rex Ryan, and radio personalities Chip Franklin and Steve Rouse. A good, if chilly, time was had by all.

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