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February 1, 2010 / Dave Gorham

Polar Bear Plunge Canceled

Isn’t the point of a polar bear plunge to jump into freezing water? The plunge is an event held during the winter where participants enter a body of water despite the low temperature.

In Annapolis, Maryland this past weekend it was the 14th annual Polar Bear Plunge, which raises money for the Maryland Special Olympics. The air temperature was 23 degrees and the Chesapeake Bay was 36 degrees. Two scheduled dips were to take place. For the first plunge, as many as 15,000 people got in the water. Afterwards, doctors monitoring the event had to treat several people for hypothermia. Organizers had to follow doctor’s orders and cancel the second plunge.

To view photos of Polar Bear Plunges this year check out:

Polar Bear Plunge Tube and Polar Bear Plunge on wiki.

 

 

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