Polar Bear Plunge rescheduled for March 8


File: Thousands participate the 16th Annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge in Annapolis in 2012. (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

The Polar Bear Plunge is back on.

After a combination of freezing temperatures, high winds and three-foot-high waves forced the first ever cancellation of the annual Polar Bear Plunge last weekend, organizers on Tuesday announced it is back on and will be held March 8 at Sandy Point State Park.

The day will begin with a special plunge for kids and their families at 11 a.m. and open  plunges at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

The Polar Bear Plunge, in which participants dive into the icy waters of the Chesapeake Bay to raise money for Maryland Special Olympics, is such an ingrained Maryland tradition that even Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is a participant.

Food and heated changing tents will be provided and parking passes from the originally scheduled Jan. 25 plunge will be honored. Locations for general parking and shuttle service will be announced.

More than 7,000 folks had pledged to brave the bay’s icy waters Saturday to raise money for Maryland Special Olympics.

Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.
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