Seaside Heights Polar Bear Plunge supporting the Special Olympics set for Saturday

More than 7,500 people are expected to gather for the event.

Jim Murdoch

Feb 23, 2024, 5:23 PM

Updated 57 days ago

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Get ready to take a dip with thousands of other freezing folks this Saturday.
The 31st Annual Polar Bear Plunge returns to Seaside Heights to raise millions of dollars for the Special Olympics.
More than 7,500 brave people of all ages have already registered. It's the largest annual Special Olympics fundraiser in the state of New Jersey. The goal is to raise $2.5 million to add to the $40 million already raised in its three decades of history.
“This is why we do what we do - to see those smiles on those athletes' faces from The Young Athletes program that start when they are 5 years old all the way up to people who are in their 50s and 60s. It's absolutely incredible to see the electricity in their face when they come and they see everybody and they are high-fiving everyone. They've got their medals on and that's why it keeps me coming back,” said Kevin Burke, Special Olympics Polar Plunge chairman.
Both the water and air temperatures are expected to be around the same at plunge time of 40 degrees. It all happens on Saturday at 1 p.m. on the beach in front of Spicy Cantina in Seaside Heights.
More information can be found HERE.


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