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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2014
Special Olympics Maryland canceled Saturday's Polar Bear Plunge event for the first time in its 18-year history, citing unsafe weather conditions, and officials say it will not be rescheduled. The event, held in partnership with the Maryland State Police, is designed to raise money for athletics for those with special needs. Special Olympics Maryland said 7,000 plungers had registered to dip into the icy waters of the Chesapeake Bay at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis on Saturday, and 10,000 spectators were expected.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2014
The first time seemed alarming for Emma Conger, who emerged from the 30-ish-degree water of the Chesapeake Bay with her face flushed, eyes wide, mouth agape, hair soaked, as if she'd been ambushed with a barrel of ice. "Oh my gosh, yeah, I couldn't believe how cold it was, it was freezing," said Conger, 15, of Clarksville, sloshing out of the water at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis with several hundred other hardy souls who took the noon dip...
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
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.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2014
With sunny skies and temperatures expected in the 50s, a scaled-down Polar Bear Plunge was scheduled at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis on Saturday afternoon after the Special Olympics Maryland fundraiser was canceled in January for the first time ever for dangerous weather. Some 7,000 plungers had signed up for the event last month, but it was not clear how many were expected for Saturday, with a trimmed down schedule of events. Organizers had said the event held in partnership with the Maryland State Police was expected to raise about $1.8 million, short of the $2.5 million goal.
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By Kelly Brewington, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2011
Patricia Cabezas was downright giddy as she peered out at the Chesapeake Bay getting herself pumped to take a dip in the icy water. But something was missing — it wasn't snowing. Last year, she took part in her first Polar Bear Plunge, the hugely popular event at Sandy Point State Park where the daring and the wacky willingly bound into the frigid bay to raise money for Special Olympics Maryland. It snowed so hard that doctors cut the event short, saying conditions were too dangerous for even the boldest of swimmers.
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By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2013
The Pale Knight arrived ready to plunge. Inspired by last year's Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises," Patrick Fink of Baltimore showed up at Saturday's 17th annual Polar Bear Plunge clad in a bat mask, long cape and briefs that exposed much of his pasty skin to the chill air. He even had his chest hair shorn in the shape of the Batman logo. It was the seventh time the 27-year-old from Baltimore had traveled to Sandy Point State Park for a midwinter dip in the frigid Chesapeake Bay. He said he keeps returning because the yearly event raises money for Special Olympics Maryland, "a charity I love supporting.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2011
Just because you're the sane member of your family — sane enough, that is, not to willingly jump into the Chesapeake Bay in the dead of winter — doesn't mean you can't enjoy this weekend's 15th annual Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park . For you, there's Plungefest — a ton of hoopla surrounding the actual plunge, including live music, food, demonstration sports, kids' games, even an appearance by Pauly D of MTV's "Jersey Shore....
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By Chris Kaltenbach | January 28, 2010
A whole lot of shivering will be going on at Sandy Point State Park on Saturday, as thousands of could-be hypothermia cases jump into the frigid waters of the Chesapeake Bay for the 14th annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge. "Yes, it is a very strange phenomenon," acknowledges Tom Schniedwind, an executive vice president of Maryland Special Olympics and one of those who started the annual ice-encrusted fundraiser. "But it's one of those bucket-list things, where people just want to be able to say, 'Wow, I can do that.
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January 31, 2007
The brave and the silly descended upon Sandy Point State Park last weekend for the 11th annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge. More than 7,000 partic ipants chilled themselves in the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday, raising $2 million for the Special Olympics in the process. Among the swimmers was former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a habitual plunger.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2011
It's time to take the plunge with Pauly D. Relax, now, because I'm not talking about moving to New Jersey or having to bunk down between J-Wow and Sammi Sweetheart. What I'm talking about is the annual Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park . Bare it all – or maybe leave something on – for the "coolest" event this side of the ice floe. Did I mention that the Chesapeake Bay is close to freezing over this winter? Still, thousands will likely show up for the plunge, a fundraiser for the Maryland Special Olympics that's in its 15th year.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2014
Hundreds of hearty souls waded into icy Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland on Saturday for the annual Deep Creek Dunk to benefit Special Olympics Maryland. The Maryland Natural Resources Police had to cut away a thick layer of ice from the lake to make room for the 850 dunkers, who waded into the water from a spot near the Honi Honi bar. "It looks like Alaska with the backdrop of the chunks of ice," said Jason Schriml, vice president of communications for Special Olympics Maryland.
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By Pat van den Beemt | February 20, 2014
A week before the Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park was canceled because of high winds and freezing temperatures, a hardy group of North County folks took their own dip into frigid water. On Jan. 18, some 15 members of Ravens Roost 99 plunged into a pool outside of A-Town Bar and Grille on Brick Store Road in Hampstead, where they meet each month. And like those who were scheduled to jump into the Chesapeake Bay, the Ravens Roost 99 men and women raised money for Special Olympics Maryland.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
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.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2014
Special Olympics Maryland canceled Saturday's Polar Bear Plunge event for the first time in its 18-year history, citing unsafe weather conditions, and officials say it will not be rescheduled. The event, held in partnership with the Maryland State Police, is designed to raise money for athletics for those with special needs. Special Olympics Maryland said 7,000 plungers had registered to dip into the icy waters of the Chesapeake Bay at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis on Saturday, and 10,000 spectators were expected.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2014
The air temperature was 14 degrees and the water was 30 degrees, so if state Sen. Allan Kittleman of Howard County had opted to simply plant a toe or two in the Chesapeake Bay on Friday morning, who could have blamed him? Instead, he immersed himself completely, making the most of his part in the 18th annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge, a fundraiser for Special Olympics Maryland at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis. "You've got to plunge. It woke me up," said Kittleman, taking the second of what was to be a plunge every hour for 24 hours, placing him among 50 hearty souls in the Super Plunge category.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | January 24, 2014
It's going to be cold inside and outside the water at Saturday's Polar Bear Plunge. The National Weather Service is forecasting snow showers between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. with a high of 34.  The Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge entices thousands into chilly water, and emergency medicine physicians at Greater Baltimore Medical Center said there are things charity participants can do before they dip this Saturday to prepare...
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2014
Hundreds of hearty souls waded into icy Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland on Saturday for the annual Deep Creek Dunk to benefit Special Olympics Maryland. The Maryland Natural Resources Police had to cut away a thick layer of ice from the lake to make room for the 850 dunkers, who waded into the water from a spot near the Honi Honi bar. "It looks like Alaska with the backdrop of the chunks of ice," said Jason Schriml, vice president of communications for Special Olympics Maryland.
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By Paul McCardell, The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2013
Swimmers at the MSP Polar Bear Plunge are in for a cold one. The event, to support Special Olympics Maryland, will take place at Sandy Point State Park, with plunges as early as 11 a.m. NOAA National Data Buoy Center 's buoy near Annapolis registers the water temperature at 35.5 degrees. The air temperature is expected to reach a high of 32, but it will feel more like 22 with the wind chill. The waves will be 2-3 feet near Sandy Point because of northwest winds of about 14 mph. Brave, warm-hearted plungers have another chance Feb. 23 at Deep Creek Lake.
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By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2013
The Pale Knight arrived ready to plunge. Inspired by last year's Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises," Patrick Fink of Baltimore showed up at Saturday's 17th annual Polar Bear Plunge clad in a bat mask, long cape and briefs that exposed much of his pasty skin to the chill air. He even had his chest hair shorn in the shape of the Batman logo. It was the seventh time the 27-year-old from Baltimore had traveled to Sandy Point State Park for a midwinter dip in the frigid Chesapeake Bay. He said he keeps returning because the yearly event raises money for Special Olympics Maryland, "a charity I love supporting.
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