The Polar Bear Plunge, which was canceled this past weekend because of safety concerns amid extreme conditions, has been rescheduled for March 8, organizers announced Tuesday.
Winds as high as 35 mph and 3- to 4-foot waves that left snow and ice on the beach at Sandy Point State Park— where thousands romp into the freezing cold waters of the Chesapeake Bay each year — caused the event to be put on hold Saturday.
"Keeping people safe is our first concern," said Jason Schriml, spokesman for Special Olympics Maryland, for which this year's event has already raised $1.6 million. "We really appreciate everyone's patience and understanding."
The $1.6 million is well shy of Special Olympics Maryland's $2.5 million goal for the event, held in partnership with the Maryland State Police, but Schriml hoped the rescheduling will allow more people to sign up and donate.